Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The 17th Century

Monty Don uncovers the extraordinary stories behind Britain's 17th-century gardens. Starting his journey at the sole surviving garden of the 1600s - Levens Hall in Cumbria - Monty sets out to investigate what the gardens of this age would have looked like and what influenced and inspired their creation.

Along the way, he sees a long-lost garden that - through archaeology and a German Luftwaffe photograph taken in the 1940s - reveals the hidden messages and religious beliefs of our 17th-century forebears. And Monty heads to Hampton Court, where politics, civil war and religious conflict played a key role in the evolving designs and fashions, including tastes in food, of the nation's finest gardens.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 31 Jan 2016 07:00

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMonty Don
DirectorChris Mitchell
ProducerChris Mitchell
Executive ProducerAlexandra Henderson
Production CompanyLion Television

Desert Island Discs

Monty Don

From 2006: Monty is a castaway on Radio 4's flagship show talking to Sue Lawley.

Buy online

Buy online

Available on: Video download

From one supplier: BBC Store

Where to buy