Explore Mushrooms in the Forest and in Watercolor at Adkins Arboretum

Mushrooms and fungi fill the forest floor in fall. These non-flowering plants are fascinating and diverse additions to the woodland ecology. Learn about mushrooms and capture their beauty in watercolor when Adkins Arboretum hosts Mushrooms and More, a two-day program that combines education and art, on Fri. and Sat., Oct. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bill Trakat, mushroom expert and Arboretum docent naturalist, will commence the workshop with an informational program and Arboretum tour to introduce these native plant forms. Following this educational forest foray, Talbot County artist Lee D’Zmura will teach participants to document individual specimens in watercolor. D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. She earned her Certificate in Botanical Art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, where she now teaches advanced watercolor classes. An artist with works in collections around the county, she attempts in her watercolors to capture the beauty and delicacy of the individual specimen with botanical accuracy.

Some watercolor experience is recommended; a materials list will be provided. Participants should bring a sack lunch to each session.

The two-day program is $125 for members, $155 for the general public. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

In photo: Artist Lee D’Zmura will teach participants to capture mushrooms, such as these polypores, in watercolor when Adkins Arboretum offers Mushrooms and More October 21 and 22. The two-day program also includes an informational program about these native plant forms.