Oct. 17, 2016: AGM & Kem Luther – “What does it MEAN? mycorrhizas, mushrooms, and plants”


6:45 p.m.    Meet ‘n’ Greet
7:15 p.m.    Announcements, Business, Election of Officers – starting 15 min. early!
8:00 p.m.    Guest Speaker presentation
9:00 p.m.    Meeting wraps up after Guest Speaker question period


The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes guest speaker Kem Luther to their October 17 Annual General meeting. The guest presentation will follow the AGM.

Kem Luther

In his recent book, Boundary Layer (Oregon State University Press, 2016), Kem Luther focuses on regions that lie between large, stable systems, showing how they develop their own rules and practice a logic that belongs to neither of the bounding systems. One of the in-between systems discussed in his book is the strange world of plant/fungal symbionts.

In this slide talk, Kem overviews the science of mycorrhizal mushrooms and explores how research on mycorrhizas could shift our understanding species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.

Kem Luther grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills, studied at Cornell, the University of Chicago (PhD) and University of Toronto (MSc). He taught at Eastern Mennonite University; Sheridan College where he was dean of a joint program in Communication, Culture, and Information Technology with the University of Toronto; at York University; and the University of Toronto.

After living for several years on Ontario’s Grand River, the naturalist/writer moved to the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 2004. For the last two decades, Kem has focused on writing interpretive articles and books. He is the author of Cottonwood Roots, The Next Generation Gap, and Boundary Layer. (For more information about Kem Luther and his latest book, check out his website at http://stegnon.com.)

Copies of his books will be available for sale at the meeting.

The CVHS welcomes all those who are interested in gardening and the natural world, from beginners to master gardeners. Non-member fee is $5.

Boundary Layer - Kem Luther