SEMINAR – Underground Lovers

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Underground Lovers

Exploring the clandestine relationships between plants & fungi

Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. These mutually beneficial relationships are the secret to their success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils.

Fungi not only help plants access water and nutrients, but also increase their resistance to drought and disease. Fungi build architecture in soils, aerating them and allowing water to gently percolate to deeper horizons. While often maligned by gardeners, the great majority of fungi are friends, not foes.

This illustrated and interactive seminar explores these fascinating relationships and looks at ways to encourage their flourishing in our gardens, parks and local environments.

Signed copies of Alison’s recent book, The Allure of Fungi, will be available for purchase.

Further environmental photography workshops, forays and events are listed here.


MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019, 7.30pm

Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Gillies St, Ballarat (behind the Botanic Gardens, beside the Glass House).

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