Garden Journal

A fungus among us: Fall makes for a fabulous fungi time. On Saturday, Oct. 18, the North Carolina Arboretum will host the Asheville Mushroom Club’s Fungifest 2008. The daylong celebration and exploration of mushrooms includes what organizers call a “vibrant” mushroom display and a chance to learn a few things from club members. For example, Fungifest provides information ranging from basic identification techniques and medicinal uses to growing, cooking and using mushrooms for artistic purposes (yes, you read that right: “artistic purposes”).

To register, call the Arboretum at 665-2492, ext. 317. (Prepayment is required to guarantee your space in all adult-education programs.) For more information, visit

Fall into garden school: Asheville and Buncombe County master gardeners will present a Fall Garden School on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Folk Art Center Auditorium (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just off Highway 70 in east Asheville). Topics include “Bulbs for Spring and Fall,” “Putting Pizzazz in the Fall and Winter Landscape,” “Pruning” and “Container Gardening.” The program is suitable for both beginning and veteran gardeners.

Enrollment is limited, so preregister through the Buncombe County Extension office at 64 Coxe Ave. (or call 255-5522). Through the N. C. Cooperative Extension programs and activities, master gardener volunteers provide education and current research-based urban-horticultural information while striving for the improvement and preservation of the quality of the natural environment.

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