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The Secret History of the British Garden | The 19th Century
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 before. Monty visits the most influential gardens of the period from royal retreats like Osborne to the very first public parks like Derby Arboretum. At Kew and Edinburgh botanic gardens, he uncovers scientific secrets that enabled a wealth of new exotic plants from around the world to flourish back home -- and on his journey, gets hands on experience of some of the technological advances that revolutionised garden design forever.
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 ...