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February 2019

Alison Pouliot SEMINAR – Underground lovers

February 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Exploring the clandestine relationships between plants & fungi 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…

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Alison Pouliot Book Launch – The Allure of Fungi

February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Drive
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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Free

Although relatively little known, fungi provide the links between the terrestrial organisms and ecosystems that underpin our functioning planet. The Allure of Fungi presents fungi through multiple perspectives – those of mycologists and ecologists, foragers and forayers, naturalists and farmers, aesthetes and artists, philosophers and Traditional Owners. It explores how a history of entrenched fears and misconceptions about fungi has led to their near absence in Australian ecological consciousness and biodiversity conservation. Alison will launch the book at Mueller Hall,…

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Alison Pouliot Book Launch – The Allure of Fungi – Daylesford

February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Although relatively little known, fungi provide the links between the terrestrial organisms and ecosystems that underpin our functioning planet. The Allure of Fungi presents fungi through multiple perspectives – those of mycologists and ecologists, foragers and forayers, naturalists and farmers, aesthetes and artists, philosophers and Traditional Owners. It explores how a history of entrenched fears and misconceptions about fungi has led to their near absence in Australian ecological consciousness and biodiversity conservation.

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March 2019

Alison Pouliot Spicy Knight & Scarlet Splash – A Foray into Fungi

March 5, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Creswick

Until recently, fungi were so unfamilar to most us that they didn’t have common names. Today, Spicy Knight and Scarlet Splash have helped shift fungi into the everyday vernacular and consciousness. Although fungi are often maligned by gardeners, clandestine fungal networks beneath the soil provide vital supportive architecture. Many fungi form beneficial alliances with most plants, help to drought-proof gardens. Other fungi recycle organic matter, releasing locked-up nutrients. Progressive gardeners are searching for ways to help them flourish. Between 2012…

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Visualising the Environment – A Reflective Lens on Environmental Photography

March 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$100.00

Photographic images shape perceptions and the ways in which we understand the environment. This highly interactive workshop explores a wide range of environmental themes through an illustrated seminar, active discussion, image critique, demonstration of techniques and a practical field trip. It goes beyond the literal representations of ‘nature photography’ to address the thought processes behind creating compelling and meaningful images and visual stories. The workshop assists participants to improve the impact and interpretative power their images. In particular, it explores…

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April 2019

Alison Pouliot SEMINAR & BOOK LAUNCH From curlews to curry punks

April 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lockwood South, Vic Victoria Australia + Google Map

Since 2011, the local community from Bendigo to Baringhup has been paying special attention to the fungi of the local farms and forests. In particular, the Shelbourne Conservation Reserve has become a fungal focal point for farmers and students, Landcarers and conservationists, and other interested folk. During this time, local ecologist and environmental photographer, Alison Pouliot has assisted with forays and surveys to help discover the various fungus species that collectively contribute to the health and resilience of local ecosystems.…

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Alison Pouliot FORAY – Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

April 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Gellibrand, Vic Victoria Australia + Google Map
$50.00

Fungi delight and intrigue and provide the connective network of terrestrial ecosystems. The forests surrounding Gellibrand harbour some of the most diverse and bizarre fungi in the state. This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Otways region but also within wider Australian and global contexts. It will include a ninety-minute interactive session on the basics of fungus identification where participants will get to handle, examine and identify…

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Alison Pouliot SEMINAR – Between Sex and Death, Camperdown

April 26, 2019
Camperdown

Exploring the Clandestine World of Fungi The scent of the prized Périgord truffle is somewhere ‘between sex and death’, according to one Australian forager. Throughout history, fungi have confounded with their strange appearances, peculiar habitats and dubious connotations. Across continents and languages, humans are sharply divided in their regard for fungi, with some cultures revering them and others subjecting them to the wrath of a reckless kick across the paddock. Yet without fungi, life as we know it would be…

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May 2019

Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP – Ruby Bonnets & Pixies’ Parasols, Woodend

May 2, 2019
Ard Choille Heritage Garden Woodend, Victoria Australia + Google Map
$100.00

Exploring the Fungi of Ard Choille Join us at Ard Choille Heritage Garden at Woodend to discover the amazing and vital world of fungi. Our day begins with a large display table of local fungi to explore collected from the local region. Why are fungi so important to healthy gardens? Why do they have such bizarre forms and amazing colours? Which fungi are edible and which ones could land you in the grave? We’ll search for answers through an interactive…

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Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP – Earthly Incarnations, Bowral NSW

May 9, 2019
Retford Park, Bowral, NSW Bowral, NSW Australia + Google Map
$110.00

An Introduction to the Fungi of Retford Park Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in every garden are intimately entwined with fungi. These mutually beneficial relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses, and 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. They build architecture in soils, aerating…

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Alison Pouliot BOOK LAUNCH & SEMINAR, Shellharbour NSW

May 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Allure of Fungi Fungi have allured and captivated imaginations throughout the centuries and across the globe. Although little known, the roots of almost every tree in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. Mutually beneficial, these clandestine alliances are the secret to their success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils. This illustrated and interactive seminar explores these fascinating relationships and looks at…

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Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP Fungi of Forests & Farms

May 18, 2019
Orange NSW Australia + Google Map

Fungi of Central West NSW Forests and Farms This workshop will introduce participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Central West NSW region but also within a wider Australian (and international) context. It includes an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and…

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Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP – Dirt Matters, Orange NSW

May 19, 2019
Orange NSW Australia + Google Map

Fostering Fungi for Healthy Soils The need to produce high quality food while minimising environmental damage is one of the biggest challenges for Australian agriculturalists. Healthy biological soils are crucial to plant health including our food crops. In turn, human health depends on high food quality and hence good soil health. We now know there is a greater biomass of living microorganisms within than above the soil. Modern agriculture with its intensive use of chemicals, fertilisers and mechanical disturbance has…

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June 2019

Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP – Encounters with Fungi, Flowerdale Vic.

June 8, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$20.00

This 3.5 hour workshop with both theoretical and practical components will introduce participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in Yea region but also within a wider Australian context. It includes a one hour interactive session around a specimen display table where participants will learn the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined.…

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Alison Pouliot WORKSHOP – A Galaxy of Earthstars, Ruffy, Vic

June 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Ruffy, Vic Australia + Google Map
$20.00

This 3.5 hour workshop with both theoretical and practical components will introduce participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found around Ruffy and surrounds but also within a wider Australian context. It includes a one hour interactive session around a specimen display table where participants will learn the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and…

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