Learn about forest fungi and trees at the Garden

Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden

Join retired provincial forest ecologist and lively raconteur Andy MacKinnon on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden to learn about the intriguing interdependence of plants and the myriad forms of fungi that live together in the root zone of forest soil.

MacKinnon says, “Plants are fascinating. Fungi are fascinating. But for sheer entertainment value, it’s difficult to beat plants plus fungi. Fungi have been associated with plants since plants first colonized the land, and are requisite partners of almost all of our familiar Pacific Northwest plants.”

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This event was originally planned for last summer but cancelled due to ferry problems. It is a great pleasure to offer this program now.

MacKinnon has co-authored six best-selling books, including the most popular field guide to our native plants, Plants of the Pacific Northwest. His work includes ecosystem classification and mapping, plus a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, the effects of climate change and B.C.’s native plants and fungi.

Cost is $20 general admission/$15 for Botanical Garden members, from the Garden office, by calling 604-740-3969 or emailing info@coastbotanicalgarden.org. Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is at 5941 Mason Road in West Sechelt and is open for spring hours Friday to Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., by donation.  Members enjoy unlimited visits plus many extra perks. For information, see www.coastbotanicalgarden.org

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