Common name: Tasmanian tree fern
Dicksonia antarctica is one of the few plants we share in common with Bloedel. Ours can be found in the Fern Dell (there used to be a few in the Southern Hemisphere Garden, but they have not survived.) They are native to Australia and will survive our winters if well wrapped (see photo). Their ancestors date back to the Jurassic period.
Some of the Dicksonia in the Garden came from a shipment of plants from Australia to the US via Canada. The US refused to accept the plants because of insects, so they were dumped at a local nursery, and we were the lucky recipients of several specimens.
Photo in sun by Midge Oke.