"A handmade sign announces the Garden's entrance on Tyrone Road. A new trellis adorns the Eclectic Garden. A winding road delivers visitors to a lower parking area with views of the colorful butterfly garden. Guests can now explore a well-marked network of trails, many of which are universally accessible," Bagby writes.
The garden, like others, has been through many different organizational changes. New faces replace original volunteers, and while some early folks are still going strong. But all have the same goal -- to create a vital, natural place for people of all ages to enjoy.
Visit www.wvbg.org. The West Virginia Botanic Garden is at 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.
A hardy fern
The ever-colorful Barry Glick of Sunshine Farm and Gardens, in Renick, sent an e-mail about an evergreen fern that he's been observing. I just ordered a few to put in a spot left fairly rocky and soilless from a plumbing adventure.
"I was strolling through the woodland areas of my nursery the other day when I noticed how nicely the polypodiums had tucked themselves in for the winter. They had nestled themselves under a cozy blanket of fallen leaves from the oaks and maples that had shaded them during the growing season," Glick writes.
He says Polypodium virginianum (rock polypody) is native to just about every state east of the Mississippi, Alaska, almost every province in Canada and all the way north to Greenland and Iceland.
Glick tells us that the species is easy to grow, needing average to moist shade. Don't bury the roots too deeply into the soil.
"In my gardens and in the naturally occurring colonies on my farm, it sprawls itself over sandstone boulders in a very thin layer of soil and organic debris. Drought tolerance is another merit, as it easily survived over six weeks with no rain this summer and didn't bat an eye," Glick said. "The rugged, yet delicate, dark green, glossy fronds look great all year 'round and disappear magically as the new fronds emerge so you'll never have a bare spot. The 2- to 4-inch-wide, 6- to 12-inch-long fronds reach up about 3 to 6 inches as the plant spreads slowly and gracefully into a colony by branched, creeping rhizomes."
Glick adds that the wild critters on his farm didn't even look at this plant.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.