The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to
advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest in, the field of mycology.

Genus Agaricus

Presented by: Ellen Jacobson

Meeting at: Denver Botanic Gardens (see below for directions) on June 8, 2015. The doors open at 7:00pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm

WHICH “meadow” mushroom IS that? Come find out more about the genus Agaricus in July’s presentation. Ellen moved to Vail in 1964 and, believe it or not, there was little to do in the summer. She began to notice the many mushrooms in the woods around her house and, of course, began picking them. At that time there were few books about mycology, but then she discovered Alexander Smith's book Alexander Smith’s Mushroom Hunter’s Field Guide (which quickly became her myco “bible”) and the small Sam Mitchel publication. She and a friend began trying to identify local mushrooms, but rarely succeeded. Ellen later moved to Denver and joined CMS. Her fungal knowledge grew by leaps and bounds. She still has that first book, now tattered and torn. Since Agaricus is an easy genus to identify and there are many beautiful species in the mountains, they became her favorites and remained so until this day. Now, Ellen volunteers at the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and has been curating the Agaricus collection for the past four years. New specimens pop up every year, so they remain a continuing challenge, and a favorite genus. Come to July’s meeting and hear more about Ellen’s journey with the genus Agaricus that began so many years ago in Vail.

We are meeting in the Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Gates Hall is inside the Main building.

Next foray:

July 18 – Ellen Jacobson. Meet at Stegosaurus Lot at I-70/Morrison exit ay 9 am. Full Schedule

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CMS Meetings:

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street (Map). The meetings are in Mitchell Hall. There is no charge to get into the Botanic Gardens in the evening to attend a CMS meeting.

  • CMS meetings provide an informal opportunity to socialize and exchange information with others interested in mycology.

  • Each meeting features a lecture and/or slide presentation on mycology or a related subject.

  • Speakers include nationally known mycologists, outside specialists and knowledgeable members

  • Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms they find to the meetings.

  • Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the mushrooms you have found.

A Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to devote a few hours each month to the position.

Although most of the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions, contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or by email).

If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired or obtain more information about the activities of the committee, contact the chairperson directly.