This just in (over the wire?). Friend gives friend fern. What appeared to be a political blunder this afternoon, a gardener from outside the beltway gave a gardener from inside the beltway a native fern. It was a tense scene as the city gardener put her spade into the ground to uproot the fern's crown. The fern's runners were considered a victory dig as well. The gardeners promised that there would never be another exchange, that the woody habitat outside the beltway could not be duplicated inside the beltway but felt reasonably comfortable that in an ideal situation, the fern would proliferate very well. This is live from Baltimore.