For sure, if there's one thing a purist doesn't want to see in their garden, it's mushrooms! Why does the sight of mushrooms popping up in a lawn or flower bed cause such annoyance?
Mushrooms are a fungus, not a true plant. The fact that all mushrooms are fungi is probably the root of the issue. The term "fungus" has about as much charm as a hangnail. Humans don't like fungus; we treat fungus, we apply ointment for fungus, we see doctors and specialists for fungus. We live our lives with a goal of "fungus avoidance."
Mushrooms thrive in warm, damp, organic areas of gardens, forests and woodlands. The actual fungus is a threadlike organism in the earth and is usually unseen. The mushroom is the reproductive structure or "flower" or "fruit" of a certain family of fungus. The mushroom is usually comprised of a flattened cap attached to a stalk. Underneath the cap are rows of gills that house reproductive cells called spores. These spores are released by wind to produce more fungus.