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Monty Don's Adriatic Gardens episode 1

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 1

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 1: Monty travels to Europe and explores the influence of the Venetians on gardening, starting in their home city at the top of the Adriatic coast and travelling on through Croatia and Greece. Visiting a range of public and private gardens, Monty learns about the impact that history, climate change and culture have had on the people who live there.



 

 

To begin with, he explores Venice on one of the city’s famous barges, stepping out to visit green spaces large and small that are often hidden from view behind high walls. He is invited in to see wonderful gardens along the Grand Canal, as well as meeting those who have managed to create a productive garden on a disused rubbish dump behind one of the city’s famous churches. He then samples wine grown in vineyards inside the city limits before visiting a restored public garden with a secret passageway that leads to St Mark’s Square.

 

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 1

 

TV gardening legend Monty Don will be presenting a new show on BBC Two called Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens. The series will take place in three parts and see Monty travelling to different countries to discover how Venetians on the Adriatic coast have influenced a range of public and private gardens. On his journey, he will uncover the impact that “history, climate change and culture have had on the people who live there,” according to a release. Each episode will focus on a different country, beginning with Venice which he explores by barge.

Monty Don

Monty Don was born in West Berlin to British parents Denis Thomas Keiller Don, a career soldier posted in Germany, and Janet Montagu (née Wyatt). Both of his paternal grandparents were Scottish, through whom he is descended from botanist George Don and the Keiller family of Dundee, inventors of a brand of marmalade in 1797. On his maternal side, he is descended from the Wyatts, who were a prominent dynasty of architects. Both parents died in the 1980s. Don has a twin sister, an elder brother David, and two other siblings. His twin suffered a broken neck and blindness after a car crash, at the age of 19. Don describes his parents as being “very strict”.

Don was educated at three independent schools: Quidhampton School in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Bigshotte School in Wokingham, Berkshire, and at Malvern College in Malvern, Worcestershire, a college he hated. He then attended a state comprehensive school, the Vyne School, in Hampshire. He failed his A levels and while studying for re-takes at night school, worked on a building site and a pig farm by day. During his childhood he had become an avid gardener and farmer. He was determined to go to Cambridge out of “sheer bloody-mindedness”, attending Magdalene College, where he read English and met his future wife Sarah (née Erskine). He was a Cambridge Half Blue for boxing.

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Monty Don's Adriatic Gardens episode 1: Monty travels to Europe and explores the influence of the Venetians on gardening

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  1. Alenka

    I love Mr. Monty Don’s shows and regard them as inspiration. But in Dalmatian episode I think that Dalmatian gardens are more related to food due to lack od water and fertile soil in midst of all that stone, and not so much close history. Every bit of land is/ was trully cherished as it was by generations cleared of stones and guarded from harsh winds- therefore dry stonewalls. Micro climate is a big factor. I guess with climate change and awerness of importance of self – sufficency that won’t change as much. Actuallly , clean water is valued more than anything, and rare exceptions and drought tollerant plants only can trully be acceptable…

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