As the sun sets and we humans begin to wind down from the day's work the nightshift takes over in the garden.
Fireflies begin to flash their neon beacons. Toads emerge from their daytime resting places to hunt for a good meal. Earwigs squirm out from between the petals of flowers and set of in search of some fresh meat, and slugs begin their slow patrol of the garden.
In this episode of The Secret World of Gardens we explore the wild nightlife of the garden and how these creatures of the night affect what you'll see in your garden beds in the morning.
The other episodes are:
1. Life In A Vegetable Garden - Many mouths to feed, and clever ways to avoid becoming a meal.
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.
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: 1-59458-642-X
"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
"Nightlife brings to light in vivid detail ecological and behavioral interactions that occur in the garden during the night shift. Pollination strategies and how animals use and often exploit visual, pheromone, and acoustic mating signals in the night environment are particularly well done. Nightlife can enhance the understanding and appreciation of ecology and behavior at any grade level. In my advanced animal behavior course I can use various scenes to illustrate concepts and to provide an engaging, aesthetic balance to lectures."
Dr. Randy Hunt, Department of Biology, Indiana University Southeast
"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