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The Mushrooms of San Diego and Flower Show

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 1600 Village Place San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)
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with Les Braund, President of Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon and Former President of the San Diego Mycological Society

From Les: “For a living I worked as a carpenter and general contractor. The majority of the time was spent doing restoration work. I attended Mesa College and San Diego State where I studied biology. 

I have always been interested in environmental issues.  I joined the Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon probably in 1985 or 86. I began doing nature walks a few years later and continue to this day. I have been the President of the Friends now for the last six years and this current term will be my seventh year. I joined the San Diego Mycological  Society in 1998. I served as President for a total of seven years. My most recent term ended this past December.

Other interest include collecting pollen, wood, duck decoys, and books. I volunteer with Project Wildlife for the last 16 years (racoon team) and I volunteer at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (Wheel wright shop).”

Photo: Torrey Neel


Winter rains have brought us an amazing abundance of lovely flowers on our California native plants. Let’s celebrate by sharing flowers from our favorites - we can all admire them! We'll have some judges and award prizes for fun. The main objective is to show and share the diversity of spring blooms of our favorite natives.


  • Must be a native plant from California or Northern Baja. 

  • Flowers can be garden collected, or private property collected with owner's permission.

  • Provide one or two stems of each. If you have a potted plant that is blooming, bring the pot to the show.

Setup will be from 5:30-6:00. Judging for the People’s Choice award begins at 6:00. Main judging begins at 7:00 - winners to be announced before the meeting begins at 7:30.

We'll have some clear glass containers for cut specimens if needed. Better yet, bring your your own container (put your name on the bottom with tape). Plain glass jars work well.

Check our plant profile page  to see if your specimen has an information sheet that can be printed and displayed alongside your specimen (if not, a 3×5 card with scientific and common name listed will do). Please include your name and where the plant was grown.

Best Cut Flower, Annual
Best Cut Flower, Perennial
Best Flower on Potted Plant
People’s Choice
Best in Show

7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.

There is no fee to attend these presentations.