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The 17th Century

Monty Don explores the evolution of the British garden. Monty uncovers the stories behind Britain's 17th-century gardens, starting at Levens Hall in Cumbria.

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.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 1 Aug 2019 06:30

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:56

    Abe & Ven

    Sunny Sky (Club Edit)


Role Contributor
Presenter Monty Don
Director Chris Mitchell
Producer Chris Mitchell
Executive Producer Alexandra Henderson
Production Company Lion Television


  • Sun 15 Nov 2015 21:00
  • Sun 15 Nov 2015 21:30
  • Wed 18 Nov 2015 23:20
  • Wed 18 Nov 2015 23:35
  • Wed 18 Nov 2015 23:50
  • Thu 19 Nov 2015 00:20
  • Sun 31 Jan 2016 07:00
  • Sun 26 Nov 2017 07:35
  • Thu 1 Aug 2019 06:30

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