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Beechwood Lecture Series: Gourmet Mushroom Hunting in Rhode Island

May 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

More and more people are discovering that mushroom hunting is not only easy, but indescribably fun. It is also safe, if done properly. Right here in Rhode Island, varieties that are safe for beginners can be found in abundance if you know where–and when–to look. Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt of Southern New England Mushroom Hunting will present an introduction to this fascinating hobby. Using their own all-local photography, they will present some amazing local varieties, especially those recommended for beginners and note many of the underestimated health and nutritional values. You may want to bring a notebook and pen for this surprising, informative overview of Rhode Island’s fascinating fungi!

Ryan T. Bouchard is the author of Gourmet Mushrooms of Rhode Island, the first book about the seasons of mushroom hunting in the Ocean State. Emily Schmidt studies the health and nutritional values of our local fungi, the many incredible ways they can be cooked, and even their new technological uses, including the decontamination of polluted soil.


The Beechwood Lecture Series, offered to the public, free of charge, is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardener Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending.

SEATS ARE LIMITED! If interested in attending, please contact Betsey Anderson, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at banderson@northkingstown.org or 401-294-3331, Ext. 404.

Due to Construction on the Hussey Bridge in Wickford, there are posted detours. If you are coming from RI Route 102 and US Route 1 points North of the Beechwood Center, you may want to allow for additional time for travel.

Upcoming lectures in 2016

7/19/16  Insects in the Garden: Friend, Foe, or Escargot?, Pam Gilpin, Gardener

9/20/16  Sustainable Farming and Pollinator Habitats, Cassius and Dawn Spears, Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative

11/15/16  What’s New in the Nursery World, Warren Leach, Tranquil Lake Nursery


May 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Beechwood Center
44 Beach Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852 United States