Monty Don's Italian Gardens (2011)
Wednesday 18th May 2011
Garden God Monty Don, the first ever amateur gardener to host BBC's Gardeners' World, journeys from the south of Italy to the north, visiting some of the country's most beautiful, impressive and interesting gardens along the way in Monty Don's Italian Gardens. Complete with picturesque views and stunning scenery, Monty Don's Italian Gardens is available on BBC DVD from 23rd May 2011.
Italy boasts some of the finest gardens in the world. Join Monty on a voyage of discovery as he explores the magnificent formal gardens for which Italy is famous, and seeks out some less well-known romantic hideaways and luxuriant semi-tropical creations, unravelling the story behind each to explain its history, drama, romance, intrigue and beauty. From the lemon growers of Amalfi, to the bolthole that once played host to Greta Garbo and her lover; from the creations of the Medicis' greatest garden-maker - and ruthless ruler - Cosimo 1 to the Baroque lakeside exuberance of Isola Bella, this four-part series is bursting with great characters, compelling stories and captivating insights.
Monty says: "The only thing I like more than hands-on gardening is to visit other people's gardens, and I am thrilled at the prospect of travelling to some of the most spectacular gardens in the world in a country I love. This will be a very personal trip, relishing gardens of all kinds, from the secret to the palatial, and setting them all into the context of Italian life, landscape and culture - and learning more about our gardens too."
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