Author and ecologist, Tobin Fraley is one of the foremost experts on Long Grove's Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve.
In composing his book, "36 Acres: A Portrait of the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve" ($34.95), available through amazon.com and at the website www.36acres.com, Fraley captured thousands of photos of the site.
While Fraley is an expert on plants, he has long sought to consult a mycologist who can identify the fungi in his photos. That's why we've paired him with Rocky Houghtby!
The Illinois Mycological Association is excited to announce that IMA member and mushroom identification specialist Rocky Houghtby will join Fraley on stage on September 1st at the Chicago Botanic Garden at 3 p.m.
After Fraley discusses the ecology of the site, which is representative of the deciduous forest ecosystem found throughout the state, audience members will be asked to guess-the-mushroom before a positive ID and mushroom information is offered by Houghtby. This conversational style presentation between Fraley and Houghtby will be a lot of fun and will help you ID the mushrooms you find in Illinois forests.
This is one lecture offered during the September 1st Mushroom Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden sponsored by the Illinois Mycological Association.
This lecture is 1-hour long at 3 p.m., but the Mushroom Show is an all-day-event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring an array of mushroom related activities, demonstrations and crafts.
The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibit of 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests. Members provide information and answer questions regarding mushrooms and fungi. A children's education area is available, and mushroom art, books, and t-shirts will be for sale. Mycology is the study of fungi and their use to humans as a source for medicine and food, as well as their dangers, such as poisoning or infection, and their benefits to natural ecosystems.
Other activities of the day include:
Art/Jewelry Show and Sale:
By popular demand, we're having a jewelry sale at the Mushroom Show on September 1st at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Mushroom jewelry artist Nicolette Matt of Mushroom Bloom will display her beautiful creations and demonstrate, for those who visit her table, how fungus can be turned into wearable works of art.
Visit Nicolette at the Chicago Botanic Garden to see and shop her gorgeous wearable art!
Go to www.Etsy.com/shop/mushroombloom to see more!
Ceramic artist Jennifer Meeker Art is adding plenty of mushroom items to the kiln for her appearance at the Illinois Mycological Association's Mushroom Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden on September 1st. Jennifer will be working clay at the show and demonstrating how she achieves her realistic and whimsical creations! Come meet Jennifer and take home your favorite of her one-of-a-kind works.”
Visit Jennifer’s web site here http://jennifermeekerart.com/ceramics.php
MEET THE MYCOLOGIST:
Tom Volk, Joe McFarland, Michael Kuo and Rocky Houghtby will identify specimens and answer visitors’ questions.
Keynote: Tom Volk Lecture @ 1 p.m.