Woodland Fern Garden

Whitehall’s woodland fern garden is a hidden treasure worth discovering. 

A small fern display garden was established several years ago in Louisville, KY in collaboration with Ralph Archer, a self-proclaimed ‘fernatic’ who volunteered his time at Whitehall.  In the years since the garden has grown in size, evolving into a regionally unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants.  Today, there are more than 150 species, sub-species or named cultivars in the garden, including 30 named Victorian cultivars.

The woodland fern garden also serves as a ‘stumpery,’ a Victorian garden design where tree logs and stumps are used for the rustic planting of ferns and other woodland plants, and is an official display garden of the national Hardy Fern Foundation.