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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner

Fern Garden

Robert Butler painting of a Fern Garden

Fern Garden

Wild and cultivated ferns occupy an important place in Florida agriculture; where ferns grow, environmental enhancement is a by-product.

Ferns form the backdrop for millions of floral arrangements, and many who enjoy them have no idea of their place of origin.

Evidence of the sensual impact this tropical delight has had upon us is clear through the use we make of it. Millions have witnessed their startling beauty.

In the place they grow, enchanting music pervades like a heavy mist over the forest floor. As warm rays of light penetrate transparent openings in the forest canopy, luminous shapes delight the sense of wonder, seemingly suspended in a primeval broth, transparent fern carpet the floor of southern hammocks. It is a special place where fantasy and reality meet. — Poem by the artist.

© Robert Butler 1999

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