Garden Journal

Shroomin’: The Asheville Mushroom Club presents a mushroom fair and exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will introduce the great variety of fungi growing in Western North Carolina and offer a chance to get outside and explore mushrooms in the landscape.

Small-group collecting forays led by Asheville Mushroom Club members will depart at 10 a.m. Required preregistration will be held in the auditorium between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. Bring a small knife and collection basket or paper bag with handles.

Mycologist Coleman McCleneghan will speak at 1 p.m. The event is ideal for beginning mushroomers and a great refresher course for old hands.

All activities are free to the public; usual parking fees apply. For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call 665-2492.

Wildcrafting: Marc Williams will teach two classes How to Get Food & Medicine from the Wild on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per class or $35 for both.

Sunday’s class will include a plant walk and harvest of plants that can be used for food, medicine or both. Monday’s class covers preparation of a meal from the plants harvested on Sunday. Special attention will be given to developing confidence in the usefulness and abundance of wild-plant resources. Some options may be available for cost reduction on an as-needed basis. For more info, visit www.herbsheal.com or call 350-1221.

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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