Jodi DeJong interviews Iain Jack of Fernwood Plant Nursery, July 18, 2012.
Growing Ferns in your Garden by Iain Jack,
Fernwood Plant Nursery,
Hubbards, Nova Scotia
The nursery is really the culmination of a 15 year journey that included stints in social work and commercial greenhouse production, both of which share a "nurturing" element, I suppose. After exploring many different aspects of the horticulture trade, and with an interest in working to my own schedule (or Mother Natures', as it turns out), I decided that growing is my passion. I'm particularly interested in the challenge of going beyond the concept of "low-impact" growing towards incorporating practices that actually contribute to the health of the environment. To that end, we've spent a great deal of time building our thin, rocky soil by incorporating compost and tons (literally!) of "found" organic materials like the bounty of leaves bagged by property owners each fall. We are working towards a rainwater collection system as our main water source. We are also conservation-minded, growing a number of native ferns, including the rare Atlantic Coastal Plain Virginia Chain and Netted Chain Ferns. As natural ecosystems endure ever-increasing stress, making these plants available to a broader public helps to ensure their survival.