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Mushroom Show: Learn all about the fungus among us
Puget Sound Mycological Society 2009 Wild Mushroom Show, Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, Oct. 17-18.
By Madeline McKenzie
Seattle Times staff
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The Puget Sound Mycological Society's annual Wild Mushroom Show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Enlarge this photo
The Puget Sound Mycological Society's annual Wild Mushroom Show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.
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Fall is mushroom season and Seattle's Wild Mushroom Show at the Center for Urban Horticulture this weekend offers an array of displays and information about the fascinating fungi poking up in local parks, yards and woods.
Mushrooms thrive in Western Washington's climate, Northwesterners love the outdoors and the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) puts on one of the nation's largest displays of mushrooms, geared for everyone from the curious to expert mycologists.
Whether you're wondering about the mushroom mini-gardens popping up in your yard, are an avid locavore interested in foraging, or a hiker curious about nature's wonders, PSMS has what you need to know about wild mushrooms. Show exhibits include hundreds of species of freshly gathered mushrooms, many displayed in their natural settings. Visitors will also find books, field guides and displays of mushroom cultivation, plus information on conservation, photography and crafts, including a juried exhibit of mushroom-related art.
Lectures and slide shows include a feel-and-smell display and samples of wild-mushroom cuisine created by local chefs. Bring in mushrooms (whole, including underground parts) from your yard or forest excursions for experts to identify; remember that some mushrooms are poisonous.
Show attendees may also learn about PSMS meetings, classes and field trips throughout the year.
The University Botanic Gardens' Center for Urban Horticulture is accessible to bicyclists via the Burke-Gilman Trail past University Village and via mountain/touring bike or on foot on Wahkiakum Lane, through the adjoining Union Bay natural area, a restored natural habitat with meadows, woods and wetlands.
Cost: $7/general admission, $5/students and seniors, ages 11 and younger free.
Location: Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle.
Getting there: From Interstate 5, take the Northeast 45th Street exit. Follow Northeast 45th Street past University Village to Mary Gates Memorial Drive and turn right; continue as the road becomes Northeast 41st Street. From Highway 520, take the Montlake Boulevard exit, drive north on Montlake Boulevard, bear right onto Northeast 45th, then turn right on Mary Gates Memorial Drive and continue as the road becomes Northeast 41st Street. Public parking available on site. Metro Transit service, 206-553-3000 or tripplanner.metrokc.gov/.
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