Around the World in 80 Gardens
No. of episodes
10 × 1 hour
27 January 2008 – 30 March 2008
was a television series of 10 programmes in which British gardener and broadcaster Around the World in 80 Gardens Monty Don visited 80 of the world's most celebrated gardens. The series was filmed over a period of 18 months and was first broadcast on BBC Two at 9.00pm on successive Sundays from 27 January to 30 March 2008. A book based on the series was also published.
The title of the series was a reference to
Jules Verne's novel and is a Around the World in Eighty Days spiritual successor to Dan Cruickshank's earlier television series, , first broadcast in 2005. Around the World in 80 Treasures
Mexico and Cuba [ edit ]
The Floating Gardens,
Xochimilco, Mexico City The
chinampas of Lake Xochimilco, floating vegetable gardens dating back before Aztec times.
The Gardens of
Luis Barragán: Casa de Luis Barragán, Casa Prieto López and Casa Antonio Gálvez Gardens created by leading Mexican architect,
Luis Barragán, in Mexico City. Website of the Barragan Foundation
The Ethno-Botanical Garden,
Oaxaca A new botanic garden containing the region's many species of
cactus, built alongside the Santo Domingo Cultural Center, formerly a monastery, on a site originally slated for development as a hotel. Website
Las Pozas, Xilitla A surreal collection of jungle plants and concrete follies created in a former coffee plantation by Englishman
Edward James in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Website
Cuba Alberto's Huerto,
Havana An urban vegetable garden in the space left by a collapsed building.
Organopónico Alamar, Havana A large urban collective
organic market garden ( ) Organopónico
Cuba Maria's Garden,
Havana A small urban flower garden.
Australia and New Zealand [ edit ]
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Botanic gardens around
Farm Cove at the centre of Sydney, on the site of a grain farm established by the first European settlers in 1788. Website
Kennerton Green, Mittagong, New South Wales A colonial-style garden with European planting in the hills near Sydney.
The Sitta Garden,
Sydney A modern garden designed by
Vladimir Sitta, including native plants and large slabs of red rock from central Australia.
Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory A park near
Alice Springs recreating the habitats for desert plants across central Australia. Website
Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, Melbourne Gardened continuously by
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch since the 1920s. [1 ]
The Garden Vineyard,
Moorooduc, Melbourne A European-style garden on the
Mornington Peninsula, replacing European planting with Australian natives. Website
Ayrlies Garden, Auckland A 12-acre (49,000 m
2) country garden created since 1964 in a paddock east of Auckland by Beverley McConnell. Website
Te Kainga Marire, New Plymouth A domestic city garden of native New Zealand plants. Its name is
Māori for "the peaceful encampment". Website
Taj Mahal and the Mehtab Bagh, Agra
Website, Garden Visit review.
Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra
Monsoon Palace Gardens, Deeg
Garden Visit review
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Hindu Temple Shrine Garden,
Mr Abraham's Spice Garden,
Thekkady, Kerala An organic
spice garden. Website
The Old Railway Garden,
The Rock Garden, Chandigarh A sculpture garden created illegally by transport official
Nek Chand who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. Today it is spread over an area of forty-acres (160,000 m²), it is completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items. Website
South America [ edit ]
United States of America [ edit ]
LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York The
Long Island gardens housing Jack Lenor Larsen's sculpture collection. Website
Gantry Plaza State Park, New York A garden at
Hunters Point in Queens, beside historic ship-loading gantries on the East River. Designed by Tom Balsley. Website
Liz Christy Garden, Manhattan, New York The first community garden in New York City, founded in 1973 by local resident
Liz Christy on a vacant lot on the corner of Bowery and Houston Street. Website
James Van Sweden's garden at Ferry Cove, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland A modern garden of grasses, melting into the surrounding landscape.
Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia The garden of the author of the US
Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Website
Huntington Botanic Garden, San Marino, California A 120-acre (0.49 km
2) botanic garden around the Huntington Library, laid out in the early 20th century. Website
Lotusland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California The gardens of
opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. Website
Roland Emmerich's Garden, Hollywood, California An instant mature garden for the
Hollywood director and producer, with tall palm trees installed to provide privacy.
The Greenberg Garden,
Brentwood, Los Angeles Designed by
China and Japan [ edit ]
Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou 16th-century garden, with many pavilions, island, pools and bridges.
Lion Grove, Suzhou
Imperial Summer Palace, Beijing Complex of palaces and gardens northwest of Beijing, covering 3.5 km², looted and destroyed by the British and French in 1860.
Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto Famous
(dry landscape) karesansui rock garden. Part of the World Heritage Site. Website
Issidan, Ryogen-in Temple, Kyoto Large Japanese rock garden.
Totekiko, Ryogen-in Temple, Kyoto Small Japanese rock garden.
Urasenke Tea Garden, Kyoto Tea room built by
Sen Sōtan. Website
Tofuku-ji Temple Garden, Kyoto Designed by
Mirei Shigemori in the 1930s, including a moss garden and Japanese maples. Website
Mediterranean [ edit ]
Villa d'Este, Tivoli A spectacular
Renaissance garden with many fountains. Website
Villa Adriana, Tivoli The remains of the garden set out for
Roman Emperor Hadrian around his palace.
Tivoli A private fruit and vegetable garden.
Villa Lante, Bagnaia A 16th-century
Mannerist gardens of surprises.
Aguedal, Marrakech Royal vegetable gardens dating to the 12th century, irrigated with water from the
Ourika valley, with water stored in large central cisterns. Garden Visit review
Majorelle, Marrakech The botanical garden created by French artist
Jacques Majorelle in 1924, and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in the 1980s. Website
Alhambra and Generalife, Granada The gardens of the Moorish palace in
Patios of Córdoba Private courtyard gardens, opened to the public in May each year, in the annual Festival de los Patios Cordobeses.
Madrid The private garden of Spanish landscape gardener,
Fernando Caruncho. Website
South Africa [ edit ]
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town A botanic garden on the eastern slopes of
Table Mountain. Website
Henk Scholtz's garden, Franschhoek near Cape Town
The Company Garden, Cape Town Originally created to provide fresh food to passing ships, using water from natural springs; now a city park.
Stellenberg, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Donovan's L'il Eden,
Hout Bay, Cape Town A garden in a Cape
Ficksburg, Free State A garden established on the first half of the 20th century by English expatriate
Edward Tudor Boddam-Whetham and his wife Ruby Newberry, daughter of Charles Newberry. It makes careful management of scarce water resources, and is named after Edward's ancestral home, Kirklington Hall in Nottinghamshire. Photos
The Savanna Rock Garden,
Magaliesberg, Johannesburg A rock garden created by a married couple (one a sculptor, the other an artist).
Brenthurst Gardens, Parktown, Johannesburg The garden of
Strilli Oppenheimer. Website
Thuthuka School Garden,
Tembisa Township near Johannesburg A garden in a township school.
Northern Europe [ edit ]
Rousham Park, Oxfordshire Perhaps the first English landscape garden, created by
William Kent in the early 18th century. Website
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent Influential English garden created in the 1930s by
Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson; owned by the National Trust since 1967. Website
Chateau Villandry, The Loire Valley Acres of parterre and box hedge, recreated in the 20th century.
Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny Obsessively painted by Monet; now receiving over half a million visitors each year.
Jacques Wirtz's Garden, Schoten, Antwerp The private garden of Belgian landscape artist
Jacques Wirtz, including his trademark "cloud" box hedges. Website
Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn The
Baroque Dutch garden of William and Mary, originally designed by Claude Desgotz in the 1680s but replaced by an English landscape garden in the 18th century; restored from 1970 to 1984 to its appearance in 1700. Website
The Boon Family Garden,
Oostzaan, Amsterdam An example of a small modern domestic garden, designed by
Piet Oudolf for Dutch architect Piet Boon.
Arctic Alpine Botanic Gardens, Tromsø The northernmost
botanic garden in the world, 200 miles (320 km) inside the Arctic Circle. Website
South-East Asia [ edit ]
Jim Thompson's Garden, Bangkok A jungle garden created by American
Office of Strategic Services agent and silk merchant, Jim Thompson. Website
Grand Palace, Bangkok Official residence of the
King of Thailand. Website (Monty Don also visited the agricultural research fields at the Chitlada Palace.)
Klong Gardens, Bangkok The private gardens that line the canals of Bangkok.
Singapore The City in a Garden
The landscaping fulfilling the vision of former Prime Minister
Lee Kuan Yew, to soften the harshness of urban life by clothing Singapore in green. Singapore National Parks website
Singapore Wilson Wong's Community Garden
An urban vegetable garden created as a community project.
Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi, Bali A 17th-century
Hindu temple ("Taman Ayun" is Balinese for "beautiful garden").
Indonesia Traditional Home Compound,
Ubud, Bali A typical Balinese private household.
Villa Bebek, Sanur, Bali A modern Balinese garden, designed by Australian
Made Wijaya (Michael White). Website
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