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