Monty Don's French Gardens

This series reveals a hidden world of horticultural diversity which proves the French too have gardening in their souls and their gardens. Acclaimed horticulturalist Monty Don will travel through France taking the viewer on a journey which will mix some of the most famous gardens in the world with new and unknown ones. This will be a highly personal journey, and we will learn what it is about French gardens that fascinates as a window onto the nature of the country as a whole. Passionate, volatile, extravagant - yet fastidious and fussy. This view of the contradictory French is borne out in their gardens - often lavish, but almost puritanical in their lines and colours; wildly overblown, but without a flower out of place.


Air Date: June 20, 2014 - 59:02
Monty Don turns to the French love of food to find out how it has influenced the country's gardens.
Air Date: June 13, 2014 - 58:47
Throughout history, the French have used gardens as a public expression of money, power and passion.