Fern Societies

A great way to meet other people with a passion for ferns is to find a group of like minded people. So here’s a guide to the fern societies of the world. If we have missed you’re society let us know and we can add it!

British Pteridological Society (BPS)

The British Pteridological Society (BPS) is the best resource for fern enthusiasts that Britain has. Founded in 1891 the society celebrated its centenary in 1991, with a series of special events and publications. The society provides a range of information about ferns through the medium of its publication and available literature. It also organises formal talks, informal discussions, field meetings, garden visits, plant and spore exchange schemes and fern book sales.

The society has wide membership which includes gardeners, nurserymen and botanists, both amateur and professional. The society’s journals the Fern Gazette, Pteridologist and Bulletin are published annually. The Fern Gazette publishes matter chiefly of specialist interest on international pteridology, the Pteridologist topics of more general appeal, and the Bulletin Society business and meeting reports.

The chances are if you live in the UK and have enjoyed visiting this site joining the BPS would be worthwhile.

The American Fern Society

The American Fern Society is over 100 years old. With over 900 members worldwide, it is one of the largest international fern clubs in the world. It was established in 1893 with the objective of fostering interest in ferns and fern allies.

We also know of Fern Societies in these continents:

North America


The Fern Society of Southern Africa
Contact person: Jolanda Nel
E-mail address: info@fernsoc.co.za
Postal address: PO Box 73125, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040, South Africa
Web address: Go to Website


Chinese Fern Society
Contact person: Xian-Chun Zhang
Postal address: 20 Nanxinxun, Xiangshan, 100093 Beijing, China

Indian Fern Society
Contact person: Dr. T.N. Bhardwaja
Postal address:Dept of Botany, Univ of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004

Japanese Pteridological Society
Contact person: Prof. K. Iwatsuki
Postal address:Dept of Botany, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto

Nippon Fernist Club
Contact person: Prof. K. Iwatsuki
Postal address: Institute of Forest Botany, Faculty of Agriculture, Univ of Tokyo, Yayoi-cjo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Fern Society of the Phillipines
Contact person: Dr. L.J. Bulalacao
Postal address: Botany Dept, National Museum, Executive House. P. Burgos, Manila-Metro, Manilla


The Fern Society of Victoria Inc.
Contact person: Barry White (Secretary)
E-mail address: barry_white1@msn.com.au
Postal address: The Fern Society of Victoria Inc.34 Noble Way, Sunbury,Vic 3429
Web address: Go to Website

Fern Society of South Australia Inc.
Contact person: Barry White (Secretary)
E-mail address: saufern@chariot.net.au
Postal address: Po Bx 711, G.P.O. Adelaide 5001
Web address: Go to Website

Fern Society of W. Australia
Contact person: Mrs J. Friend
Postal address: 210 Kent St, Rockingham, W.A. 6168

Fern Study Group of the Society for Growing Australian Plants
Contact person: Mr John Lee
Postal address: 76 The Bulwark, Castlecraig, New South Wales 2068
Web address: Go to Website

SGAP Fern Study Group
Contact person: Moreen Woolett (Secretary)
Postal address: 3 Currawang Place, Como West, New South Wales 2226

Sunshine Coast Fern & Foliage Society Inc
Postal address: Po Bx 47, Woombye, Queensland


British Pteridological Society
Contact person: Mike Taylor (Membership Secretary)
E-mail address: Membership@eBPS.org.uk
Postal address: Westlea, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye IV41 8PH
Web address: Go to Website

The Dutch fern society: De Nederlandse Varenvereniging
Contact person: Ben van Wierst
E-mail address: secretaris@nederlandse-varenvereniging.nl
Web address: Go to Website

Gesellschaft der Staudenfreunde: Fachgruppe Farne (German)
Contact person: Ms Sabine Nittritz
E-mail address: dietrich.nittritz@freenet.de
Postal address: Quanswiese 3, 23701 Eutin, Germany
Web address: Go to Website

Schweizerische Vereinigung der Farnfreunde: Swiss Association of Ferns
Contact person: Dr. J.J. Schneller
Postal address: Obere Heslibachstrasse 16, CH8700 Kusnacht, Switzerland

North America

American Fern Society
Contact person: George Yatskievych
E-mail address: george.yatskievych@mobot.org
Web address: Go to Website

Austin Fern & Cycad Society
Contact person: Dr. Yvonne Baron Estes
E-mail address: yest1202@aol.com
Postal address: PO Box 92304, Austin,TX 78709
Web address: Go to Website

Birmingham Fern Society
Contact person: Unkown
E-mail address: rsjohn2@bellsouth.net
Postal address: Birmingham Fern Society, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Delaware Valley Fern and Wildflower Society
Contact person: Clara W. Bondinell
Postal address: 1512 Franklin Lane, Wayne PA 19087

The Hardy Fern Foundation
Contact person: Pat Riehl
Postal address: P.O. Box 3797, Federal Way, Washington 98063-3797
Web address: Go to Website

Louisiana Fern Society
Contact person: Mary Elliott
E-mail address: 75103,1016@compuserve.com
Postal address: 41038 S. Range Rd. Ponchatoula, La. 70454
Web address: Go to Website

The Los Angeles International Fern Society
Contact person: Jenifer Chungafung
E-mail address: FOTOJEN@verizon.net
Postal address: P.O. Box 90943, Pasadena, CA 91109-0943
Web address: Go to Website

Memphis Fern Society
Contact person: Christine Spindel
E-mail address: fernlady@att.net
Postal address: 3985 S. Galloway Drive, Memphis, TN 38111-6841

New York Fern Society
Contact person: Dr. John Mickel
E-mail address: jmickel@nybg.org
Postal address: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458

San Diego Fern Society
Contact person: Ms. Amna Cornett
E-mail address: ferncentral@sandiegofernsociety.com
Postal address: 3905 Ibis Street, San Diego CA 92103
Web address: Go to Website

Sarasota Fern Society
Contact person: Ron Arrick
E-mail address: president@sarasotafernsociety.com
Postal address: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave.Sarasota, FL 34236
Web address: Go to Website

Southwestern Fern Society
Contact person: Don Miller
E-mail address: tbwarden@tx.rr.com
Postal address: North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas, Texas 75230

Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society
Contact person: Mary McConnell
E-mail address: Membership@tgcFernSoc.org
Postal address: 6218 Wister Lane, Houston, TX 77008
Web address: Go to Website

Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society
Contact person: Tom Moore
E-mail address: tfeps1@aol.com
Postal address: 6880 S. W. 75 Terrace, South Miami, Florida 33143
Web address: Go to Website