We usually only notice the fruit of fungi (aka mushrooms) when they're on our plate, preferably sautéed with a little butter.
But fungi insidiously occupy every corner of the garden, and the mushrooms we see are only the tip of the iceberg. Underneath these tiny fruiting bodies lies a massive interwoven network of fibers that extends for miles in the soil.
Your garden, and indeed the whole planet, is virtually overrun with mushrooms and yet we know very little about the intimate connection between fungi and many of our favorite plants and trees.
In this episode we explore the magic world of mushrooms through striking time-lapse photography that shows mushrooms growing and blooming as beautifully as any flower right before our eyes.
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.
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.
9. Whether The Weather - How plants survive the stress of changes in the weather.
10. Weevils - They crawl, they fly, and some even swim...
11. Squirrels - What are these chipmunks and squirrels doing in the garden?
12. The Old Oak Tree - The diverse world of oaks and their residents.
13. Life In A Lawn - Paradise is a well-tended lawn.
Grade Level: 3-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-637-3
"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."