Current and Upcoming Events


NHS/HFF Fern Workshop

Thursday, July 13th - 8:30AM-3:30PM

Join the Northwest Horticultural Society and the Hardy Fern Foundation at the Old Goat Farm for a fern study day. The day will inculde three classes. There will be three groups of 15 and each group will have the opportunity to enjoy all three classes.


Using Ferns in the Garden and the Plants that Love Them with Greg Graves

Walk through the Old Goat Farms gardens with its creator, Greg Graves. Greg will point out some of the choice and beautiful ferns in his garden as well as his favorite plants to grow with ferns. Part of the tour will feature his newly installed mini stumpery garden.


Making a Container Garden full of History and Beauty with Richie Steffen

Ferns make excellent container plants and have a rich horticultural history. Richie Steffen, Director/Curator of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden, will demonstrate building attractive shade containers using interesting ferns, perennials and small shrubs while sharing the historical notes and interesting facts about each fern.


Propagating Ferns with Carolyn Doherty

The Hardy Fern Foundation's top propagator of ferns, Carolyn Doherty - Master Gardener and long time HFF volunteer will share her experiences in propagating ferns from division and spore. Each participant will learn the ins and outs of spore sowing and have a chance to try their hand at growing ferns from spore.


8:30 -  Coffee & Snacks

9:00 - Welcome

9:30 - First class

11:00 - Second class

12:30 - Lunch

1:30 - Third class

3:00 - Close


Location: Old Goat Farm - Orting

Fee: NHS/HFF Members: $60.00  Non-members: $80.00 (lunch included)

Limit for event: 45 people


Questions? Email or call 206-780-8172 


HFF's Summer Hike

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Details to follow... 

HFF's Fall Fern Sale

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 - Bellevue Botanical Garden

Details to follow... 



HFF's Fall Social & Potluck Lunch

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Members and their guests are invited to our annual Social and Potluck Lunch!

11:00AM - 3:00PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 



- Guest speaker John van den Meerendonk

- A Fern Frond Showcase by Richie Steffen, Director/Curator of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden

- Fern Sale with experts on hand to answer your questions

- Book sales and signings of The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns by Sue Olsen and Richie Steffen and Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns by Sue Olsen

- Potluck Lunch, please bring a favorite main dish, salad, or dessert to share


RSVP to Jo Laskowski at with the number of guests and the type of dish you plan to bring.