Mushrooms in the Hortus
Discover the rich variety of shapes and kinds of mushrooms!
Ever since the abundant fall rains started, mushrooms have been sprouting out of the ground.
And not just the familiar mushroom caps on a stalk—mushrooms have many forms! The wild
plant garden of the Hortus, the Laarman Garden, is a great place to look for all kinds of varieties
and shapes of mushrooms. Take along a magnifying glass and a mirror for a fun and educational
Before you reach the Laarman Garden with its informative signs about manys different
mushrooms, you will pass by the end of the Hondsrug Garden where, on the right-side path, you’ll
see the trunk of a fallen tree covered with fairy inkcaps (if they are still there). Such mushrooms
aid the decomposition of fallen trees. On the back of the tree, the false turkey tail (which can still
be seen) does the same work in a different way. Continue on to the Fop I. Brouwer path in the
Laarman Garden. Put your mirror under the cap of a few of the “regular” mushrooms and you will
see gills. Walk a bit further and you’ll come to the zoned tooth fungus. You might be surprised by
what you see when you hold your mirror under it, but the name does give it away—this fungus
has no gills, but teeth! Also along the path you will find white saddles, gem-studded puffball,
turkey tail (get out your mirror again; no gills or teeth, but?), stag's horn fungus and lots more. Fir
cones, pine cones and old acorns often house mushrooms and fallen leaves may be holding
On your search for mushrooms be sure to include the conifers (the paths of the Pinetum). Also,
exceptional mushrooms can be seen from the paths of the heather and meadow area: wax caps.
These mushrooms grow only in areas where the grassland has not been fertilized for many years
(normally, decades). The Laarman Garden of the Hortus Haren is a member of the National Plant
Collection because of the many plants—and mushrooms—found here that are on the “Red List”
of threatened plants. In the Laarman Garden we find deciduous forest, conifer forest, heath, fen
and meadow areas. That is what makes