Grades 3-12, College, Adult
Directed by David New
Produced by Susan Fleming, Secret World of Gardens Productions
DVD Purchase $195, Rent $45
US Release Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-648-9
Awards and Festivals
Best Science/Nature/Adventure Documentary & Best Direction, Gemini Awards
Kodak Award, Excellence in Cinematography
Secret World of Gardens Series|
Whether the Weather
How plants survive the stress of changes in the weather.
High winds whip and twist your garden plants. The relentless summer sun sears them without mercy. And deep freezes put the chill on growth. Despite this your garden is capable of putting up with the worst weather has to offer.
In Whether the Weather we explore how plants survive the trials and tribulations of changes in the weather and look at the coping strategies they have evolved to exploit Mother Nature. Learn how the decorative skunk cabbage operates its own little heater, melting snow surrounding it, so they can be the first plant out of the gate at the end of winter. And see how bees - mad dogs and Englishman all - cope with the ruthlessly hot days of summer.
The other episodes are:
1. Life In A Vegetable Garden - Many mouths to feed, and clever ways to avoid becoming a meal.
2. Nightlife - What comes out at night in the garden.
3. Honeybees - The role of honeybees in a common garden.
4. Appleachia - The amazing array of life an apple tree can lure into a garden.
5. Fungi - What you see is only the tip of the iceberg.
6. Sap Sucking Hoppers - The astronauts of the garden.
7. Garden Mimics - More than meets the eye.
8. Vines - The good, the bad and the ugly side of vines.
10. Weevils - They crawl, they fly, and some even swim...
11. Squirrels - What are these chipmunks and squirrels doing in the garden?
13. Life In A Lawn - Paradise is a well-tended lawn.
"The most eye-popping series."
The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
"Through dramatic macro-photography, viewers enter the sci-fi beauty of the garden and gain a new perspective on the interactive roles played by everything from the lowly earwig to the majestic rose."
The Toronto Star
"This outstanding series is especially recommended for school and community libraries as being of special interest and value for children and adults with an interest in gardening and its flora/fauna ecosystems through all four seasons of the year."
The Midwest Book Review
"Excellent photography...[Whether the Weather] is highly suitable for a horticulture or master gardener program."
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