Fernlore is an online publication featuring original artwork and stories inspired by nature, plants and people. A serendipitous passion project between friends Alanna Rossi and Jaclyn Simon, Fernlore came about in the spring of 2021. In an effort to combine their interests in plants, writing, art, and storytelling, Fernlore was born. Alanna and Jaclyn met while volunteering at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, BC. They volunteered as docents at the Bloedel Conservatory, and bonded over similar tastes and a love for all things planty.
Since the purchase of her first house plant, Alanna’s fascination with plants has evolved into something more than a casual hobby. She is passionate about the history of botany and finds inspiration in the stories she reads of past and present explorers, science, and the impact plants have on our planet. A voracious reader and writer, Alanna enjoys writing stories to share with others with the hope that they too will feel inspired to learn more about the world we live in.
Jaclyn has always had a love for plants and nature. While studying at UBC, she decided (on a whim) to major in plant and soil sciences. From there, her love of plants grew into a true understanding of the critical role plants play in our lives. Following her undergrad, she pursued a Master in Landscape Architecture, further deepening her understanding of the relationships between plants and people.
Jaclyn is currently working as a freelance graphic designer. Check out more of her work at jaclynsimondesign.ca.