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The author, a freelance writer and photographer, is also active on behalf of The Arboretum Foundation, University o f Washington. Her book, Wild Shrubs: Finding and Growing Your Own, was published by Pacific Search Press in 1978.
The west coast states are well known for their giant Douglas firs, sequoias, red­ woods, sugar pines and stately oaks. Much less is known about the prolific wild mushrooms that thrive, not only beneath these giant trees, but in a wide variety of less luxuriant habitats.

Thousands of species of fungi grow in forests, meadows, sand dunes and deserts from the salty shores of the Pacific Ocean to alpine slopes on the mountains. The abundance of these strange plants has encouraged the sport of mushroom hunting. It is a pursuit without bounds of age or occupation, an excuse to get out into the woods and enjoy the fruits of nature.

Different kinds of fungi fruit throughout the year entirely dependent upon the right combination of circumstances. When benevolent skies and the life-giving sun combine to provide ample moisture and the right temperature, the filmy white threads of subsurface mycelium are stimulated to produce colorful fruits above ground. Fairy...

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