Unique fern species, which for centuries have been said to have magical powers

For hundreds of years ferns were regarded as magical and mysterious plants. People hunted them all over the world to find different kinds. Cedar House Ferns consists of a small and exclusive collection of outdoor ferns. You can collect these wonderful plants yourself and benefit from the clean air they spread and their beautiful leaves.



Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’ is a majestic fern that derives its name from its large and graceful appearance, adorned with spikes of spore-bearing fronds that give the


Osmunda regalis is a majestic fern that derives its name from its large and graceful appearance, adorned with spikes of spore-bearing fronds that give the impression


Ginger Fern (hardy rabbit’s foot fern) Climate change The story about this Fern is an example of a plant that gets a change to survive in


Dryopteris sichotensis – A large Asian forest fern with dark scales and strong, flat growing fronds. Occurs in the undergrowth of forests, in the highlands on


Pteris umbrosa – A popular species that is common in cultivation. It is quite hardy and quickly builds up into an attractive clumb. In its natural state


The Cyathea Cooperi, also known as the Australian Tree Fern, is a plant that thrives in a moist and warm environment. It is a fast-growing plant

“I love ferns because of their diversity in shape, foliage, colour and beauty and their enormous urge to survive.”


The unique and specially selected Cedar House Ferns distinguish themselves by their beauty in form, foliage and colour and the radiance of their mysterious past.

guaranteed quality

The guaranteed premium quality of Cedar House Ferns is achieved by the use of healthy raw plant material and a carefully controlled and reliable growing process.

environment friendly

Cedar House Ferns purify the air. They are grown with neither use of pollutants nor waste of energy and water and with sustainable cultivation pots and packaging.

green space

Because of their pleasant appearance Cedar House Ferns are ideal to create a personal, enchanting and relaxing green space to escape from the hectic pace of life.

John Bijl

The Founder

John Bijl has had a passion for ferns for more than thirty years. He propagates a wide range of young ferns which he supplies to nurseries all over the world. But he now also wants to introduce consumers to the fascinating history and diversity of fernsTo make the fern atmosphere come alive, his dream was to build a classic cedar* fern house with a garden where the ferns grow in a natural environment: CEDAR HOUSE FERNS. 

"The creation of Cedar House Ferns takes me back to my roots."

The Garden

The garden is meant as a showcase to promote the most beautiful assortment of ferns. After a careful preparation the designers could hardly wait to start with the creation of the garden, which contains a fern house, a pond, cosy corners with a lot of shadow, all kinds of trees and a ‘Zeeland hedge’. It is accessible for all people interested in ferns and shows consumers what they can do with these lovely plants.

Did you know that:

Ferns live at dark places

For centuries, ferns were regarded as mysterious plants. Their extracts were used as treatment for all kinds of ailments. Ferns were also intriguing because of their puzzling reproduction. They were thought to have invisible seedsIn the 19th century it was finally understood how microscopic spores contributed to their reproduction. 

Weekly trips were organized to look for ferns

In 19th century Britain, a fern craze or pteridomania affected all classes of society. Many books were published about ferns and plant collectors looked for new species. Men, women and children started fern hunting, which was seen as a moral, healthy and educational activity. 

Worldwide there are more than 12.000 ferns

Ferns have existed for hundreds of millions of years. They are found all over the world and still new species are discovered. In the wild, they often grow in areas of high humidity. As a result, ferns release a lot of moisture, purify the air and ensure good air humidity.  

Caring for ferns

Most outdoor ferns grow well in a shady spot in well-drained, slightly acidic soilWith some peat litter around the base of the plantit keeps a moist soil. It is not necessary to prune evergreen ferns. The withered leaves of deciduous ferns can be removed in the spring.