Secret History of the British Garden
What hidden messages were found in a forgotten 17th-century garden? Why did formal gardens with clipped hedges and topiary bushes fall out of fashion? How did Victorian gardeners manage to grow exotic plants under England's chilly skies? In this new four-part series, renowned horticulturalist Monty Don looks for answers as he digs into the fascinating history of British gardens over the past 400 years, showing not just how they changed, but what drove their transformation.
Episodes
Ep 1
The 17th Century
Watch June 15, 8:00pm
Ep 2
The 18th Century
Watch June 22, 8:00pm
Ep 3
The 19th Century
Watch June 29, 8:00pm
Ep 4
The 20th Century
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The 17th Century
In this four-part series, world famous gardener Monty Don explores the fascinating history and evolution of the British garden. In this episode, Monty uncovers the extraordinary stories behind Britain's 17th century gardens. (1 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Jun 15, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 17, 5:00pm
The 18th Century
Monty Don visits Rousham House in Oxfordshire, designed by one of the first practitioners of the landscape movement - William Kent. Monty traces the evolution of central gardening innovations of the 18th century including the ha-ha, the folly and the use of water. (2 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Jun 22, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 24, 5:00pm
The 19th Century
Monty travels to London's iconic Kew Gardens, where the impact of the 19th century can be seen at every turn, after Kew was transformed from a private royal pleasure ground to the country's foremost botanical garden. (3 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Jun 29, 8:00pm
The 20th Century
Monty visits Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire - an unspoiled, unpretentious arts and crafts movement garden which demonstrates how the societal and economic shifts of the 20th century had a profound impact on gardening, laying the foundations for the way we garden today. (4 of 4)