Mushroom Month: Shiitake Cultivation and Land-Connection

When many sugar maple, American beech, and a single red oak tree were harvested from Working Woods last year at this time, quite a few tree-tops were left over. This presented us with an opportunity: to reclaim some logs for mushroom cultivation. After all, nothing is wasted in a truly sustainable system, and Working Woods is meant to be a living laboratory and demonstration site for landowners to explore sustainable options for woodland management.

National Mushroom Month Continues – Lessons in Fungal Ecology and Conservation

My name is Claudia and I’m the newest member of the team here at the Long Science Center at Holden Arboretum. I’m a recent graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Master of Science in Forest Pathology and Mycology. I am joining Holden Forests and Gardens to continue my education and earn my Ph.D. through a joint program with Case Western Reserve University. My research centers on a type of fungi known as mycorrhizal fungi.

Pretty Purple Flowers Everywhere: Late Summer Asters

By Annie Rzepka, Horticulturist While we display many different types of asters at the Arboretum, some of our best will be in full bloom in the next month.  You can find New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden and in the Arlene and Arthur Holden Butterfly Garden.  New England asters […]

National Mushroom Month: Studying the Fungi Under our Feet

By Sarah Carrino-Kyker We are continuing to celebrate National Mushroom Month! Mushrooms and other sporocarps are great and certainly worth celebrating, but they are a short stage in the fungal life cycle. Much of a fungus’s life is spent below ground as hyphae. Hyphae are filamentous (or thread-like) structures with an average size of only […]