Greatest Gardens Showcase - France and Italy

  • Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Florence

    Monty Don is on a grand tour around Italy, this time visiting gardens both in Florence and around the sun scorched Tuscan countryside. Monty discovers how like a piece of sculpture, renaissance gardens were created as works of art and how a group of spicy Edwardian ex-pats mistakenly reinforced t...

  • Monty Don's Italian Gardens - The South

    Monty Don continues his grand garden tour, this week in Naples to visit some of the most sublime, romantic retreats in southern Italy. After all the formality of the green gardens around Rome and Florence, Monty seeks out idyllic horticultural gems set against the dramatic scenery of the Amalfi C...

  • Monty Don's Italian Gardens - The Veneto, Lucca and The Lakes

    Monty Don concludes his garden tour of Italy in the wealthy North where in the Veneto and Lucca, extravagant pleasure gardens were created for flirtation and fun. Further north in the Lakes, Monty meets up with the garden society, the Grandi Giardini Italiani, to peer over the fence of luxurious ...

  • Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Rome

    In this brand new series, Monty Don begins his grand tour around Italy's magnificent gardens from the lavish hideaways of the romantic South to the luxurious retreats of the moneyed North. Tonight he's in and around Rome, powerbase of emperors and popes to explore gardens that are among some of t...

  • Monty Don's French Gardens - Gardens of Power and Passion

    In this first programme Monty Don tells the stories behind important historic gardens. These include elaborate walled gardens designed to please the mistress and then the wife of a King, magnificent displays of flowers and fountains that involved thousands of soldiers moving tracts of land and in...

  • Monty Don's French Gardens - The Artistic Garden

    . In this the last programme in the series Monty turns to France's famous artistic tradition to see what influence it has had on the country's gardens. Monty travels to some of the most celebrated artists' gardens including the one created by the Impressionist, Claude Monet, who planted and paint...

  • Monty Don's French Gardens - The Gourmet Garden

    In this the second programme , he turns to the French love of food and finds out how this has influenced their gardens. Monty travels to some of the most famous 'potager' or kitchen gardens, where vegetables and flowers are planted together in elaborate and beautiful displays .He talks to gardene...