About VMS

About the Club

The VMS is a group of individuals who share a common interest in mushrooms and fungi.

We are a non-profit, volunteer-run society.

There seems to be as many different approaches to enjoying the humble fungus as there are different people. From food to ecology, technology, photography, painting, poetry, song, and dance! Our club meets monthly to observe mushrooms, and learn ever deeper appreciation for their mysteries.

Club activities include:

  • Presentations by scientists, artists, and the mycologically-passionate on their specific area of interest
  • Learning the common and scientific names of mushrooms collected by members and brought to the monthly meetings
  • Forays and field trips to collect, study, and name fungi in the wild
  • Dinners, workshops, and an annual mushroom festival!


Regular VMS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except January, July and August) at VanDusen Botanical Garden (Floral Hall), Oak & 37th Avenue, 7:00 pm. Meetings are fairly casual typically with 30 to 100 people of all ages in attendance. Bring your fresh fungi finds in for show and tell. Excitement is in the air that only a mushroom-lover can appreciate!

Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend a limited number of meetings and, if you like what you see & hear, join up at the meeting (or soon, online).

Driving? There’s lots of free parking at the building.
Taking Transit? Use the Oak Street bus #17 (visit the Translink website for routes, schedules, etc.).