Rogers Mushrooms

I am giddy with excitement over discovering the Rogers Mushrooms website.  Since living in New England, I have increasingly become more and more aware of the bounty of mushrooms and fungi everywhere.  I am not sure if this is a particularly New England thing, or if perhaps as I get older I have become more observant, but it sure seems like there is bounty of mushrooms right under our noses.

mushrooms

Since moving here six years ago, I have witnessed, on many occasions, mushroom pickers in residential Boston neighborhoods.  Usually non-english speaking and presumably immigrant workers, I have watched them drive pickups up and down suburban streets to gather some sort of mushroom from gardens and roadside locations.

white mushrooms

Captivated by the idea of foraging – particularly urban and suburban foraging, and also in NEED of a good mushroom vendor (because I think of mushrooms as ‘needs’) – I have also been introduced to an elusive individual that collects wild mushrooms near where I live.  Apparently he makes a living selling his haul to many fine restaurants in NYC. I am still trying to get him to come to my Farmers Market.

mushrooms

And finally, on a hike with my children in a gorge near my house a few years ago, we saw so many mushrooms I still find the story unbelievable today (and it is my story).  In the course of perhaps 2 hours, we saw a mushrooms that represented every color of the rainbow and easily 25 or more obviously different and fascinatingly different varieties.  It was in my pre-phone camera days and I still wish I had been able to document the findings of that hike.  Utterly amazing.

mushrooms guide

In my own garden I have accidentally grown what I am sure are morels, and at least ten or so other varieties – but have never been brave enough to eat them.

So what does all this add up to?

A huge desire to learn more.  I want so badly to walk the woods with the mushroom forager, or even the Boston streets with the mushroom collectors. I want to learn from them and feel confident about identifying varieties and taking them home to feed my family – or at least not shriek in panic when my young son picks them up to ‘play kitchen’ with them.  Until I have that opportunity though, I am going to be putting Rogers Mushrooms through its paces as my newest research site.

rogers mushrooms

The pictures are clear and clean and give me confidence that I might make proper identifications.  And perhaps armed with a bit more knowledge in mycology, I hope I might be able to dispel a little of my own fear.

I have always wondered if anything else even looks like a morel mushroom.  Is it possible that this mushroom is so distinct that there is no possible way to mistake it for something that will kill me?  Oh, I hope so.  I am off to learn more….

And just to make a useful note, it seems like rogers has a similarly useful pair of sites for identifying trees and shrubs as well as rosesRogers trees and shrubs and Rogers roses — and all three are free!!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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