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Lady Gaga is a pop star, cultural icon, provocateur and now, a genus of ferns—at least by name. Last week, botanists at Duke University named a newly identified genus of ferns after the singer. 
Antarctica's shores were once lined with palms & tree-ferns, its hills filled with beeches & conifers. That was 55 million years ago, when the continent was a lot hotter. However, this recent discovery asks scientists to consider the future: will the globe's melting ice be replaced with tropical plants? It has been a hot summer.
A 385 million-year old forest, the world's oldest, was recently excavated in an upstate New York quarry.
A physician by trade, botanic enthusiast, and accidental inventor, Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward devised the first terrarium in 1829, and thereby launched a new age of horticultural possibilities—where ferns and mosses would grow indoors, and tropical exotics would travel the world. 
How to care for indoor ferns.
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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels
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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels.
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If you grow ferns indoors or live near some amazing ones outdoors, we may want to feature them in an upcoming story in Garden Design. Send your photos, including cell phone shots, to jim@gardendesign.com.
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Unfurling the mystery of ferns. 
Franziska Reed Huxley has never met a fern she didn't like