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Victorian Era Tidbits:

Did you know that fern hunting was a major past time of the Victorians in the United Kingdom?  So much so that they nearly caused the extinction of some rare plants in their attempts to bring all sorts of exotic ferns into their homes without much knowing how to care for them!

Fern hunts were a social occasion for both men and women, and for all classes, and displaying exotic ferns in the home in an early style of terraria became quite a status symbol.

This fern craze, or pteridomania, is evidenced in the papers, pottery and textiles of the period... greeting cards, fabrics, etc. were often decorated with images of ferns or actual dried fern leaves.

Mimi Matthews




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