Containing almost 170 species of ferns displayed along meandering paths, the Fern Glade is an oasis of shade at the northern end of the Nature Trail. The ferns are all hardy in this region; that is, they will return each spring even though most go dormant during the winter months. Some are evergreen, retaining their green foliage throughout the cold months. Some ferns especially abundant in this region are the Christmas Fern, the Northern Maidenhair Fern, the Southern Maidenhair Fern, the Sensitive Fern, the Royal Fern, and the Cinnamon Fern.
A waterfall, pond and belvedere add to the pleasure of a stroll through the Fern Glade.
The Fern Society, a group of volunteers responsible for creating and maintaining the Fern Garden, holds an annual fern festival and sale.
April Guided Walks
Explore the Fern Glade as it awakens from its winter nap on a guided walk led by Fern Society members each Saturday afternoon in April. Walks begin at 2 pm at the belvedere in the Fern Glade on April 5, 12, 19 and 26. No reservations needed, no fee charged, just come and experience spring as it unfolds along the paths of the Fern Glade - the coolest, shadiest green space in all of Huntsville.
Fern Festival and Sale
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Fern Glade