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Mushroom Identification Workshop at the LA Arboretum

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Mushroom, © 2011, D Shaw

Mushroom, © 2011, D Shaw

Confused by how to identify the fungi you would like to paint? The LA Arboretum is holding a workshop on MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION as a lead-in to the Mushroom Fair at the Arboretum on February 12!

Saturday, February 4 10am-Noon (followed by a walk in the garden to hunt for mushrooms!) Palm Room at the Arboretum (301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007) $25 Arboretum members / $30 non-members Dr. Jerrold Turney, Ph.D, instructor

Please call the Arboretum class registration line at 626.821.4623 to register for class. You may also pay at the door.

This class will provide a basic overview of the fungal kingdom with emphasis on mushroom identification. Learn the basic characteristics used to identify mushrooms and other fleshy fungi. Find out which mushrooms are safe to eat and which ones to avoid. Jerry will also take the class out on Arboretum grounds to seek out and identify mushrooms right in “our own backyard.” Bring to class any mushrooms you find for identification and group discussion. Then with a new understanding of our fungal friends, attend the Wild Mushroom Fair on February 12 from 10am – 4 pm at the Arboretum.

Dr. Turney received his B. S. In Botany from California State Polytechnic University and his Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of California at Riverside. He has served as the curator of the camellia gardens at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, a research horticulturist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and is currently the plant pathologist for the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures for the County of Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Turney was formerly a licensed landscape contractor, and is currently a licensed agricultural pest control advisor and an ISA certified arborist. His primary fields of expertise are plant pathology, mycology and arboriculture.

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