Arboretum 25th Anniversary

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Mushrooms of the Arboretum

Come and see what's in "bloom",
not a flower, but a friend
of the leaves, 'tis the lowly mushroom.

To when in nature life meets end,
fungi grow in a leaf-pile tomb,
behind every tree, rock, and bend.

Yet don't consider death with gloom,
for in passing's respite it will mend
with life's anew: the lowly mushroom.

As you walk through the wooded trails, take a close look to see if you can spot some of the mushrooms and toadstools in the arboretum. Since fungi do not contain chlorophyll, fungi must obtain their nutrients from other sources: organic matter or living organims.

What is the difference between a toadstool and a mushroom?

There is no difference between the two terms, but mushroom is often restricted to an edible species of fungi. Please note that not all common names that are referred to as mushrooms are edible. For example, the Jack O'Lantern mushroom is poisonous.

Additional Mushroom Photographs