Don Lubin was born in 1943.

Don lives in a 3-decker duplex in Allston MA that he shares with his tenants.

He got a B.A. in Physics from Brandeis University and worked briefly with lasers.

Don was a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Food Co-op,

a.k.a Harvest Co-operative Supermarkets, for 25 years.

He is currently unattached. 


Don has been growing ferns since 1980, and doing field identification since 1991.

He reset the fern labels at the Garden In The Woods in Framingham,

and has led workshops and field trips since 1998 for the New England Wild Flower Society and others,

previously with co-teacher Ray Abair of Middleboro MA.

Don has found uncommon ferns and donated more than 100 specimens to herbaria,

including a few state and many county records,

mainly to the New England Botanical Club collection at the Asa Gray Herbarium at Harvard University.

Beginning in August 1999 Don & Ray conducted a census of pteridophytes at the Wachusett Mountain Reservation

and found 7 previously unreported taxa, including one county record.

Don has also participated in biodiversity surveys of the Blue Hills, Middlesex Fells,

Harold Parker State Forest, Newton, and Allston-Brighton in Massachusetts,

and bioblitzes at Walden Pond, Dedham, and Falmouth.

Don has reported findings to the Natural Heritage programs of Massachusetts and New Hampshire,

the White Memorial Conservation Center in Connecticut, the Mount Grace Land Trust,

Sudbury Valley Trustees, Nature Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, and the Bermuda Natural History Museum.

Don assisted Cheryl Lowe and Elizabeth Farnsworth in their revision of Boughton Cobb's FIELD GUIDE TO THE FERNS,

and is a co-author of the Newton Conservators Almanac and other publications.


Don has nearly as many fern species in his garden as any in Massachusetts.


Don Lubin

8 Ashford St. Allston MA 02134-1852

617-A-LIVING ...... don@nefern.info


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