Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Season 1

Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Season 1

4 Episodes

Monty Don returns to our screens with an enchanting four part series that celebrates Italy's world famous gardens. Over four luscious hours, Monty will be conducting his very personal 'grand tour' exploring sublime, horticultural hideaways of the romantic South to unravelling the riddles behind the austere formality and theatre behind the ostentatious papal gardens of Rome. In Florence Monty will be finding out how in the Renaissance, garden making became a high art and how a group of salacious Edwardian expats reinforced the idea that Italian gardens were flowerless. In the Veneto and the Lakes, Monty will be revelling in the luxurious gardens built on the fortunes of trade and he'll discover how new plant introductions in the 16th century changed the way Italian gardens were created. Along the way Monty will be meeting local Italians who are keeping alive the passion for the land and he'll be peering over the fence of secret gardens belonging to the rich and famous. In this beautiful, occasionally provocative, personal journey Monty Don will be learning about the history, the culture, the politics and the climate that have shaped Italy's spectacular gardens; ranking them amongst the great treasures of the world.

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Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Season 1
  • Monty Don's Italian Gardens - Rome

    Episode 1

    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 Italian Gardens - Florence

    Episode 2

    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

    Episode 3

    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

    Episode 4

    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 ...