The lower mainland of British
Columbia which surrounds Vancouver is home to
some of the most most diverse forms of fungi found
anywhere in the world.
The first Mushroom Fair in the Vancouver area
was held at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in
1975. It was a great success and its organizer,
Kitsy Fraser, decided to make the Fair an annual
event. By 1978, the Fairs became so popular that
it was suggested a mushroom club be formed. Hence,
at the 1978 Fair in October, people interested
in forming a mushroom club were asked to sign
up. The first Vancouver Mycological Society (VMS)
meeting was held on November 7, 1978, and an executive
was elected. Continuing the tradition, the first
VMS Mushroom Show was held on October 17, 1979.
Since then, many people of different nationalities
and backgrounds have joined the club, including
mushroom farmers, professional mycologists, gourmet
cooks, and a variety of eccentric characters.