Martin Rickard has been a fern enthusiast for the past 40 years. He has written or co-written several books on the subject as well as many magazine articles. He is a past President of the British Pteridological Society. He retired from his nursery - Rickard's Hardy Ferns - in 2002, after winning many gold medals from the RHS, including 10 years running at the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2003, in recognition of his 'advancement of science and the practice of horticulture', the RHS awarded him the Veitch Gold Memorial Medal. He lives in Worcestershire.