Fern is a group of plants that can be found all over the world. Ferns are one of the oldest plants ever grown on earth. This kind of plant inhabited earth about 200 million years before the first dinosaur ever hatched from its egg.
Early fossil records show that giant tree ferns and cycad palms were the only plants for millions of years. The organic matter of these ferns and cycads accumulated to such a thickness that they were deposited in deep layers, and combined with the Earth’s heat, were compressed and converted to create the coal, gas and oil deposits that we use as our main sources of energy today.
Ferns don’t flower, but have true roots, stems, and complex leaves and reproduce by spores. There are over 10,500 species of ferns, some of which can live up to 100 years.
Between 1974 and 2005 Dr. Klingaman worked at the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture with his time divided between Extension responsibilities and teaching/research. From 2010 through 2018 he served as operations director for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
If you want to learn about all the beautiful fern species that we have in NW Arkansas, how to recognize them when you’re out hiking, and how you might use them in your own landscaping, join Gerald Klingaman at Hobbs State Park on March 22nd.
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Sunday March 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Cost: Free – The public is invited
For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental: Call: 479-789-5000