Introduction to the World of Mushrooms Talk by Sharmin Gamiet October 25, 2018 Vandusen Botanical Gardens Join experienced mycologist Sharmin Gamiet for an evening focused on native species of mushrooms. She will discuss fungal ecology and introduce how to identify different mushroom families based on physical macroscopic characteristics. Species of special interest, e.g. edible and toxic, will also be discussed, and freshly collected or dried specimens will be on display for viewing. Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Mycological Society. VMS members can also enjoy the discounted rate with proof of membership. Members $31.50 / Non-members $35 taxes included. About the instructor: Sharmin Gamiet Sharmin has been working with fungi for over 25 years, focusing on mushrooms and their relatives found in the Pacific Northwest (BC, Washington and Oregon). She has trained at UBC and the University of Washington using the Friesien species concepts, that is macro and micro morphological, rather than genetic traits, used to group fungi. Sharmin has led mushroom forays throughout the region for many years and enjoys sharing and discussing mushrooms in their habitats.