Around the World in 80 Gardens
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In this stunning series, Monty Don sets off on an enchanting journey to visit 80 of the world's most celebrated gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
In China, Monty visits famous gardens from an old tradition, inspired by Buddhism and Taoism, with symbolism and focusing on harmony, notably with nature, which inspired it as well as other art forms...
Monty enjoys his first visit to exotic, history-conscious India. In the north, he compares the majestic, yet rather austere Mughal gardens in Agra's imperial capital area, especially the unique Taj ...
Alan Titchmarsh and his team of experts travel the country to find the dream gardens we'd all like to have. Meeting the colourful characters that create these spaces, they'll show us how we can live the dream at home.
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I am addicted to this series. Ostensibly about gardens, it is really about the culture, the stunning nature of each region, how they are loved by men and distilled into gardens. The best moments weren't necessarily the stroll through the grandest gardens, but the more intimate moments when he filmed the backyards of ordinary people tending lovingly to their version of gardens and farms. It really offers an uplifting respite from the tsunami of bad news dominating the headlines, of the unfathomable greed and corruption of bankers and politicians. Now this is Hope one can believe in. My only gripe is that they didn't pick the best gardens, especially in the US and China episodes.
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