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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 organisms.

What is the difference between a toadstool and a mushroom?

This gallery is for informational purposes only of species found at the EJC Arboretum, and is not definitive in scientific identification. The commonly understood difference between the terms mushroom and fungi is that "mushroom" is often restricted to edible species of fungi. But not all species called mushrooms are edible. For example, the "Jack O'Lantern mushroom" is poisonous. For this reason mycologists, and the EJC Arboretum, discourage mushroom enthusiasts from using mushrooms for human consumption. Arboretum visitors are asked to not pick, collect or handle any kind of plant materials, including mushrooms.

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The Arboretum offices in the Frances Plecker Ed Center are open weekdays. Calls and emails are answered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except holidays. Check the website calendar for holiday closings.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University
(540) 568-3194
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807