Ferns of Texas Lecture in Dallas Today

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on July 19, 2011

Ever wonder why ferns are so different from other plants? No thorns, no stings, no bites — what are they doing here? The Texas Discovery Garden in Fair Park is holding a lecture on ferns today, July 19, 2011, at 8pm.
Dr. George Diggs of Austin College in Sherman will be discussing the wide range of ferns in Texas, how they got here, and how they have adapted to the harsh conditions here. This lecture is free and open to the public. However, it makes life easier on the caterer if you email them at that you are coming so they have enough food.

The Texas Discovery Garden is hosting this talk as part of a three part lecture series to celebrate its 70th anniversary. As an added bonus to the lecture, if you renew or establish a membership, you get a discount.  Family memberships will be only $70 that night.  You can obtain more information on line at or by calling (214) 428-7476.

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Sonny July 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’ve always regarded the morphology and presence of ferns – and most plants for that matter – as a response to the need to fill some ecological niche. In a nutshell, anyway. I suppose the explanation goes deeper than that…
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Stephanie Suesan Smith July 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

That is true of all plants. Ferns just have a really interesting morphology.


grace July 21, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love ferns! They will always complement any flower or plant pretty well. And I’m quite interested with its morphology. It’s sad that I can’t attend that lecture, I hope I could check about how the lecture went in here. 😉


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