Around the World in 80 Gardens

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Around the World in 80 Gardens
Adventure travel
StarringMonty Don
No. of episodes10
Running time10 × 1 hour
Original networkBBC Two
Original release27 January –
30 March 2008

Around the World in 80 Gardens is a television series of 10 programmes in which British gardener and broadcaster Monty Don visits 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 Around the World in Eighty Days and is a spiritual successor to Dan Cruickshank's earlier television series, Around the World in 80 Treasures, first broadcast in 2005.

Mexico and Cuba[edit]

# Country Garden Notes
1. Mexico Mexico The Floating Gardens, Xochimilco, Mexico City The chinampas of Lake Xochimilco, floating vegetable gardens dating back before Aztec times.
2. Mexico Mexico 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
3. Mexico Mexico 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
4. Mexico Mexico 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
5. Cuba Cuba Alberto's Huerto, Havana An urban vegetable garden in the space left by a collapsed building.
6. Cuba Cuba Vivero Organopónico Alamar, Havana A large urban collective organic market garden (Organopónico)
7. Cuba Cuba Maria's Garden, Havana A small urban flower garden.

Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Starting with Botany Bay...

# Country Garden Notes
8. Australia Australia The 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
9. Australia Australia Kennerton Green, Mittagong, New South Wales A colonial-style garden with European planting in the hills near Sydney.
10. Australia Australia The Sitta Garden, Sydney A modern garden designed by Vladimir Sitta, including native plants and large slabs of red rock from central Australia.
11. Australia Australia Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory A park near Alice Springs recreating the habitats for desert plants across central Australia. Website
12. Australia Australia Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, Melbourne Gardened continuously by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch since the 1920s.[1]
13. Australia Australia The Garden Vineyard, Moorooduc, Melbourne A European-style garden on the Mornington Peninsula, replacing European planting with Australian natives. Website
14. New Zealand New Zealand Ayrlies Garden, Auckland A 12-acre (49,000 m2) country garden created since 1964 in a paddock east of Auckland by Beverley McConnell. Website
15. New Zealand New Zealand Te Kainga Marire, New Plymouth A domestic city garden of native New Zealand plants. Its name is Māori for "the peaceful encampment". Website


# Country Garden Notes
16. India India Taj Mahal and the Mehtab Bagh, Agra Website, Garden Visit review.
17. India India Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra
18. India India The Monsoon Garden, Deeg Gardens of the Deeg Palace. Garden Visit review
19. India India Jal Mahal, Jaipur
20. India India Hindu Temple Shrine Garden, Jaipur
21. India India Mr Abraham's Spice Garden, Thekkady, Kerala An organic spice garden. Website
22. India India The Old Railway Garden, Munnar, Kerala
23. India India 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]

# Country Garden Notes
24. Brazil Brazil Burle Marx's Copacabana Promenade, Rio de Janeiro
25. Brazil Brazil Garden of the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro
26. Brazil Brazil The Floating Gardens, The Amazon River
27. Brazil Brazil Bacu's Forest Garden, The Amazon
28. Argentina Argentina Carlos Thays's garden at Estancia Dos Talas, Dolores, Buenos Aires, in The Pampas In the middle of the limitless pampas a grand French-style mansion with gardens in 1500 hectares of lands and the infinite pampas beyond. Website
29. Chile Chile The private garden of Chilean landscape architect Juan Grimm at Bahia Azul, Los Vilos

United States of America[edit]

# Country Garden Notes
30. United States USA LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York The Long Island gardens housing Jack Lenor Larsen's sculpture collection. Website
31. United States USA 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
32. United States USA 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
33. United States USA James Van Sweden's garden at Ferry Cove, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland A modern garden of grasses, melting into the surrounding landscape.
34. United States USA Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia The garden of the author of the US Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Website
35. United States USA The Huntington Botanic Garden, San Marino, California A 120-acre (0.49 km2) botanic garden around the Huntington Library, laid out in the early 20th century. Website
36. United States USA Lotusland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California The gardens of opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. Website
37. United States USA Roland Emmerich's Garden, Hollywood, California An instant mature garden for the Hollywood director and producer, with tall palm trees installed to provide privacy.
38. United States USA The Greenberg Garden, Brentwood, Los Angeles Designed by Mia Lehrer.

China and Japan[edit]

# Country Garden Notes
39. China China The Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou 16th-century garden, with many pavilions, island, pools and bridges.
40. China China The Lion Grove, Suzhou
41. China China The 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.
42. Japan Japan Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto Famous karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden. Part of the World Heritage Site. Website
43. Japan Japan Issidan, Ryogen-in Temple, Kyoto Large Japanese rock garden.
44. Japan Japan Totekiko, Ryogen-in Temple, Kyoto Small Japanese rock garden.
45. Japan Japan Urasenke Tea Garden, Kyoto Tea room built by Sen Sōtan. Website
46. Japan Japan Tofuku-ji Temple Garden, Kyoto Designed by Mirei Shigemori in the 1930s, including a moss garden and Japanese maples. Website


# Country Garden Notes
47. Italy Italy Villa d'Este, Tivoli A spectacular Renaissance garden with many fountains. Website
48. Italy Italy Villa Adriana, Tivoli The remains of the garden set out for Roman Emperor Hadrian around his palace.
49. Italy Italy Elio's vineyard, Tivoli A private fruit and vegetable garden.
50. Italy Italy Villa Lante, Bagnaia [it] A 16th-century Mannerist gardens of surprises.
51. Morocco Morocco The 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
52. Morocco Morocco The 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
53. Spain Spain The Alhambra and Generalife, Granada The gardens of the Moorish palace in Andalusia. Website
54. Spain Spain The Patios of Córdoba Private courtyard gardens, opened to the public in May each year, in the annual Festival de los Patios Cordobeses. Website
55. Spain Spain Casa Caruncho, Madrid The private garden of Spanish landscape gardener, Fernando Caruncho. Website

South Africa[edit]

# Country Garden Notes
56. South Africa South Africa Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town A botanic garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Website
57. South Africa South Africa Henk Scholtz's garden, Franschhoek near Cape Town
58. South Africa South Africa The Company Garden, Cape Town Originally created to provide fresh food to passing ships, using water from natural springs; now a city park.
59. South Africa South Africa Stellenberg, Kenilworth, Cape Town
60. South Africa South Africa Donovan's L'il Eden, Hout Bay, Cape Town A garden in a Cape squatter camp.
61. South Africa South Africa Kirklington, 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
62. South Africa South Africa The Savanna Rock Garden, Magaliesberg, Johannesburg A rock garden created by a married couple (one a sculptor, the other an artist).
63. South Africa South Africa Brenthurst Gardens, Parktown, Johannesburg The garden of Strilli Oppenheimer. Website
64. South Africa South Africa Thuthuka School Garden, Tembisa Township near Johannesburg A garden in a township school.

Northern Europe[edit]

# Country Garden Notes
65. United Kingdom UK Rousham Park, Oxfordshire Perhaps the first English landscape garden, created by William Kent in the early 18th century. Website
66. United Kingdom UK 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
67. France France Chateau Villandry, The Loire Valley Acres of parterre and box hedge, recreated in the 20th century. Website
68. France France Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny Obsessively painted by Monet; now receiving over half a million visitors each year. Website
69. Belgium Belgium Jacques Wirtz's Garden, Schoten, Antwerp The private garden of Belgian landscape artist Jacques Wirtz, including his trademark "cloud" box hedges. Website
70. Netherlands Netherlands Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn The Baroque Dutch garden of William III and Mary II, 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
71. Netherlands Netherlands The Boon Family Garden, Oostzaan, Amsterdam An example of a small modern domestic garden, designed by Piet Oudolf for Dutch architect Piet Boon.
72. Norway Norway The 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]

# Country Garden Notes
73. Thailand Thailand Jim Thompson's Garden, Bangkok A jungle garden created by American Office of Strategic Services agent and silk merchant, Jim Thompson. Website
74. Thailand Thailand The Grand Palace, Bangkok Official residence of the King of Thailand. Website (Monty Don also visited the agricultural research fields at the Chitlada Palace.)
75. Thailand Thailand The Klong Gardens, Bangkok The private gardens that line the canals of Bangkok.
76. Singapore 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
77. Singapore Singapore Wilson Wong's Community Garden An urban vegetable garden created as a community project.
78. Indonesia Indonesia Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi, Bali A 17th-century Hindu temple ("Taman Ayun" is Balinese for "beautiful garden").
79. Indonesia Indonesia Traditional Home Compound, Ubud, Bali A typical Balinese private household.
80. Indonesia Indonesia Villa Bebek, Sanur, Bali A modern Balinese garden, designed by Australian Made Wijaya (Michael White). Website


  1. ^ "Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Dame Elisabeth Murdoch". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.

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