Editor’s Note: When The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire opens this Friday, early reviews say the dramatic and subversive storyline will not disappoint its ravenous fans. In anticipation, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy.
“Plants are tricky. Many are edible, but one false mouthful and your dead” —The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Mushrooms are the visual centerpiece of a new film by directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin about a couple that forages for wild edibles to sell to restaurants. It's an intense film that chronicles an evolving relationship, but it is also full of beautiful scenes of discovering hen of woods, morels, and myriad other mushrooms in the woods around New York City. Passionate and knowledegeable, the man and woman argue about their future and their finds — the kingdom of fungi an impartial witness to a marriage in distress.
Jens Jensen's masterwork, the Garfield Park Conservatory, suffered hail damage in June 2011, but the disaster only served to make Chicagoans more aware of the landscape architect's legacy.