About The Old Fern


The Old Fern was started in 1988 by two friend’s who decided to take a trip to the Pacific North West after graduating college.  During this trip they were exposed to many fine examples of original botanical art while browsing in a rare book shop in downtown Seattle.  The color plates were amazing in the various texts but the cost was prohibitive at an average of $500 a volume.  It was learned that these old books on flowers and other types of natural history were being bought up by “collectors” who would then cut out all the images in the book and resell them as individual prints in “exclusive galleries”.  These originals would often be  a $100 or more  for an image that was stained, faded and often a very odd size due to the book’s dimensions.  The friends decided that there had to be a better way make these works of art available.  Through much research and effort, a process was developed for restoring these antique works and providing an economical outlet for the “average” person to obtain the restored works.  This chance discovery became the foundation of  The Old Fern.

The Old Fern has been actively collecting, preserving and researching botanical prints for over 24 years, and our prints are printed at the highest quality available.  We offer most of our works in sizes from5x7, 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20.  We can do custom sizes of 24×36 to 44×60 inches as needed.  All our printing is now done through a professional fine art printing company.  By doing this, The Old Fern is able to offer a higher quality product while lowering the cost to our customers (how often does that happen?). We stand behind the products we sell, and offer a 10-day satisfaction guarantee.  If you are not satisfied with your purchase, just send it back to us for a refund or a replacement.


Extensive collection of historic texts and maps


We do not offer custom framing or matting.  In the past we used to, but we now believe that a better value for you the customer do do it yourself and save the money.  There are many businesses who will gladly charge you $300 for a custom framed print.

  For the “average” person who is decorating on a limited budget, we think you can do it just as well for a fraction of the price!

This is one of the basic principles of our business for over 23 years.

Look at our decorating section for more information on this.

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Transform Your Home or Office with our Prints


Amazing art, Quality products and Great service ……..need we say more?


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