Annual mushroom show set for Sunday

Typically, more than 200 species are on display, with mycologists available throughout the day to identify specimens brought to the centre.

If you’re curious about the mushrooms emerging on your lawn, in the woods and on local boulevards, here’s your chance to learn more.

The South Vancouver Island Mycological Association hosts its annual mushroom show at the Swan Lake Nature Centre on Sunday, Oct. 30, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Typically, more than 200 species are on display, with mycologists available throughout the day to identify specimens brought to the centre.

“The mushroom show is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the mushrooms in our area. Not only about edibility or what might be growing in your backyard but also how they are an important part of our ecosystem,” said Jean Johnson, South Vancouver Island Mycological Association president. “Mushrooms are an important part of a healthy environment and they have a fundamental role in maintaining balance.”

People are invited to learn the basics of mushroom identification as well as see examples of common edible, non-edible and poisonous mushrooms. Club members will also be cooking wild mushrooms for the public to taste, including chanterelle and pine mushrooms. A dissecting microscope will be set up for a closer look at some species.

Mushroom growing demonstrations will take place through the day and mushroom growing kits will be available for sale.

The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is located at 3873 Swan Lake. Admission is by donation. See www.svims.ca for more information about the South Vancouver Island Mycological Association.

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