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At the age of eleven, Peter D'Amato ordered a Venus flytrap from Famous Monsters magazine; thus began a lifetime of cultivating carnivorous plants. His small apartment became an urban jungle, so he moved to Sebastopol, California, the home of California Carnivores, where he grows and sells hundreds of other-worldly plants whose traps range from those small enough to capture protozoa to those big enough to contain a rodent.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:01:48
Peter D'Amato of California Carnivores describes how a pitcher plant gets insects drunk and then devours them. He also cuts open a plant to find the insects trapped within and to show "what ravenous, gluttonous pigs these plants can be."

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:01:52
Peter D'Amato of California Carnivores gives us a guided tour of the Venus Flytrap, one of the world's best-known carnivorous plants.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:06:04
Sonoma Valley farmer Bob Cannard doesn't fight nature: he collaborates with it. The result is bountiful fields of healthy, beautiful plants, some of which end up in the kitchen at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. Here Bob speaks eloquently about appreciating and respecting nature. As he says, "it's simple...it's all right there before you."

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:02:00
Bob Cannard, a Sonoma Valley farmer explains how compost is generated, both by nature and by human gardeners. Cannard creates a special compost 'tea' to use on his bountiful crops

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: May 15, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science