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Lunch and Lecture: Getting Friendly with Fungi

Date: 13-Sep-2019

11:30 am - 1 pm

On select Fridays of every month Sherman  Gardens, in partnership with Cafe Jardin, will feature a horticulture speaker combined with a delicious lunch...the perfect way to end the week. 

Scott LaFleur, Garden Director and Program Chair for the Los Angeles Men's Garden Club, has a long list of contacts from botanic gardens, horticulture, landscape design and beyond.  As Program Chair, he has created many outstanding programs for Los Angeles.  In 2019 he will bring his exciting programs to Orange County.  Teaming with Chef Pascal Olhats, Scott is starting a new 'Lunch and Lectures Series."  Hosted by Sherman Library & Gardens, on select Fridays, will be great speakers accompanied by a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Pascal.   

 Getting Friendly with Fungi

Joanne Schwartz

Joanne Schwartz is an avid amateur mycologist, having studied fungi since the 1960s.  She has collected and photographed fungi throughout the new and old world and has participated in field studies in Japan, Peru, and Bolivia as well as the Redwoods of Coastal California.  Always searching for fungi to study, photograph and identify, Joanne is often found looking down while hiking.  She is also an eager mycophagist (fungi eater) and prepares wild fungi for tasting and for the dinner table whenever possible.  Joanne is on the Board of the North America Mycoflora project which seeks to identify, sequence, and voucher all North American fungi.  

Explore the fascinating kingdom Fungi with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz.  She will describe methods for locating and identifying wild mushrooms in Southern California and beyond, as well as understanding their place in nature - oaks, pines, orchids, and more are dependent of fungal associations.  We will hear tales of fungal folklore and consider eating and growing them.  Joanne will bring her collection of mushroom hunting gear and ID resources...and mushrooms too, if they are fruiting locally.  

Her recent collecting has focused in the Channel Islands, where she is leading a fungal DNA barcode sequencing project.  She and her husband are also seen collecting and identifying fungi in the Redwoods and southern Sierra, as well as Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and throughout Orange County.  Her presentation will feature finds from these locations and others. 

Advanced Reservations:

Friends Lunch & Lecture - $30 

Non-Member Lunch & Lecture - $40

Friends Lecture Only - Free

Non-Member Lecture Only - $5

Day of Walk Ins:

Friends Lunch & Lecture - $40

Non-Member Lunch & Lecture - $50

Friends Lecture Only - Free (RSVP's  are appreciated)

Non-Member Lecture Only - $10

* Lunch begins at 11:45 am and the lecture at 12 pm.