The Secret History of the British Garden - Season 1

The Secret History of the British Garden - Season 1

4 Episodes

Monty Don explores the fascinating history and evolution of the British garden, from the seventeenth century through to the modern day. For Monty gardens are every bit as important as the buildings we live and work in and he sets out to show how we can learn as much about ourselves from them. Along the way he is taught to make and use shears as they were fashioned in the seventeenth century,he joins a team moving a mature tree using eighteenth century horsepower and technology, he is shown the engineering feats that created the spectacular greenhouses of the nineteenth century and is given a graphic account of how the wars of the twentieth changed for ever the way we garden.

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The Secret History of the British Garden - Season 1
  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 17th Century

    Episode 1

    Monty Don uncovers the extraordinary stories behind Britain's seventeenth century gardens. Starting his journey at the sole surviving garden of the 1600s, Levens Hall in Cumbria, Monty sets out to investigate what the gardens of this age would have looked like and what influenced and inspired the...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 18th Century

    Episode 2

    On his journey through four hundred years of Britain's garden history, Monty Don arrives in the eighteenth century, an age that gave rise to the landscape garden, created on a scale that had never been seen before. Using Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's first commission, Croome Court in Worcestershi...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 19th Century

    Episode 3

    Monty Don explores the extraordinary transformations that occurred in garden design throughout the 19th century. As a result of an expanding empire, scientific and technological innovation and social change, British gardens became more exotic, more colourful and more widely accessible than ever b...

  • The Secret History of the British Garden | The 20th Century

    Episode 4

    Monty Don concludes his journey through Britain's gardening heritage by looking at how the nation's gardens have evolved over the last hundred years. He looks at the profound effect that two world wars had on our attitude to gardens and gardening. Today gardening is one of Britain's most popular ...