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Monty Don's Adriatic Gardens episode 3

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 3

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 3: Monty begins the last leg of his journey in Corfu, a Greek island with strong links to Venice, including olive trees planted by the Venetians that are still grown today. Here, Monty visits a spectacular garden made by an Englishman with Greek connections, as well as meeting up with English writer Gerald Durrell’s widow, who takes Monty up into the mountains on a wildflower trail.



 

 

Next, Monty travels to Greece’s capital, Athens, the place where the study of botany first began. As well as the Royal Gardens, which act as a green lung through the city and provide much needed shade from the Mediterranean summers, Monty visits a reforestation project on Mount Hymettus and two modern gardens in and around the city. Finally, he rolls up his sleeves and gets to work on a garden he has helped to create on another Greek island.

 

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens episode 3

 

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 3: Monty begins the last leg of his journey in Corfu, a Greek island with strong links to Venice

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  1. cecilia

    This is episode one of the series.

  2. HDclump

    is the last one , watch it more then one minute

  3. Annette Karla

    Being a gardener and landowner myself as well as an enthusiastic viewer of Monty Don’s inspiring documentaries I’d like to comment on Monty Don’s recent remark on Croatian Gardens and the lack of decorative gardens because land seems still to be equalled with food in Croatia:
    Here in Germany you will hardly see gardens where people grow food. Very few people seem to regard a garden as something of high value and many find after a while that tradi-tional gardens mean “too” much work. Instead the trend – notwithstanding few exceptions and what is presented in the internet and other media – is to remove all trees and the ma-jority of shrubs, to change borders, beds and patches into lawn and concrete or stone paths and terraces, then to plant hedges of Prunus laurocerasus if not to install a fence with plastic cover instead, plastic sheeting likely to be used wherever “weeds” could possibly grow in-cluding underneath lawns and stone borders.
    The world of insects, birds, amphibians and mammals and I therefore would be too happy to see people grow their own vegetables instead. Given the rapid loss of biodiversity and accel-erated climate change I see the future of our gardens as a mix of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees which nurture both men and animals (and can be very beautiful and decorative!) and in wild flower meadows and pristine or near-natural forests with minimal human intru-sion instead of today’s plantations which are often just patches of monocultures. To grow food in the common centralized way of nowadays will probably not work any longer because of its degradation effects (soil, air, landscapes, biodiversity – you name it), whereas more traditional decentralized ways have to be proven to be much more effective per acre.

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