SEMINAR & LUNCH – Hazel Gloves & Felted Twiglet

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Hazel Gloves & Felted Twiglet – A Foray Among Fungi

Join the Friends at Truffleduck, Balmoral with guest speaker Alison Pouliot who will give an illustrated and interactive talk which explores these fascinating relationships and looks at ways to encourage their flourishing in our gardens, parks and local environments.

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.

Alison will include some excerpts from her recent book The Allure of Fungi in which she interacted with fungi and their followers in the forests of a dozen countries.

Discounted and signed copies of her recent book, The Allure of Fungi, will be available on the day.

Further information:

Further workshops and forays are listed here.



12:00 noon

Truffleduck at Balmoral, 66 Hyland Street (Hamilton Highway) Fyansford

$75 members or $85 non-members

Bookings and payment by Friday 7 June

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