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Ferns are a varied and useful group of plants Picture: Getty

It’s time for the unsung heroes of the garden to make a welcome comeback

Who doesn’t love the fresh green fronds of ferns as they unfurl gracefully at this time of year? While cases of Pteridomania have not often been heard of since Victorian times, perhaps it’s time fern fever made a comeback.

One person hoping to reintroduce people to the magical world of ferns is Mike Keep, who (with his partner Molly Duke) runs Shady Plants Mail Order Fern Nursery in Waterford. A regular at plant...

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