Monty Don explores the fascinating history and evolution of the British garden, from the seventeenth century through to the modern day.
Part 1: 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.
I think them used labyrinth, to try to mess with people "pulse". The old garden are a journey with a theme and lots of different arrangements, there to try to give the visitor emotion. A labyrinth is a sure way to get their hart pumping. Thanks for the post!.
interesting that all these years later the belladonna family of plants " nightshade" vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant are once again being looked at with suspicion as many people have a sensitivity when eating them as myself. When I finally elminated them from my diet I found that inflammation and digestion problems disappeared.
WONDERFUL ,WELL DONE MONTY AN AMAZING GARDENER DEAR MONTY HAD A STROKE SOME YEARS BACK AT A YOUNG AGE ,WE ALL MISSED HIM WHILST HE RECOVERED BUT HE DID AND ITS ALWAYS A REAL PLEASURE TO WATCH MONTY AND LISTEN TO HIS REMARKABLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GARDEN WHETHER IT BE ENGLISH FRENCH ITALIAN AND SO ON
THANK YOU MONTY DONN
Thanks for posting! I've been gardening with all different kinds of plants for about 7 years now and have recently created a YouTube channel to help as many people as I can see the beauty of what Nature has to offer us right in the backyard. I hope to help as many people as I can to make gardening just a little bit easier!
I've just recently found these shows, and I must say, I've never been prouder to say I live in Maryland, in the U.S., so glad we had that photo.! I find it fascinating to see these huge gardens from so SO long ago. Has anyone mentioned finding the woman here in the U.S. that uses satellites to find lost cities, sorry I don't remember her name, she was on Stephen Colbert some time ago, maybe something remains hidden that would show up in her photos.?
Gandalf as a Maia (named Olórin) before leaving the Undying Lands.
Originally called Olórin , he was accounted as the wisest of the Maiar (with the possible exception of Melian). He was a Maia of Manwë and Varda. He also served under two other Valar, such as Irmo and Nienna. When the Valar decided to send the order of the Istari (also known as Wizards) to Middle-earth, to counsel and assist all those in Middle-earth who opposed the Dark Lord Sauron, Manwë and Varda decided to include Olórin among the five who were sent.
At first, Olórin was nervous and described himself as too weak and too afraid of Sauron. Manwë understood, and told him that that was one main reason why he should go, to overcome that fear. Thus, he insisted that Olórin should go as the third, but Varda convinced him not to include Olórin as the third, but as the second. Olórin agreed, and prepared for his departure from the Undying Lands with the other four wizards.
Arrival in Middle-earth.
When he arrived to Middle-earth, he received Narya, the ring of fire, from Círdan the Shipwright. Olórin, renamed Gandalf , spent many centuries walking among the elves as a stranger, learning from them and teaching them. He later revealed himself as one of the Istari, and eventually became known as the wisest of and most powerful of that order. He joined the White Council, which was formed to investigate a dark power in Dol Guldur, of which Galadriel wanted him to become the leader, yet Saruman came to lead the Council instead of him. Although Saruman was initially more powerful and more knowledgeable about many matters regarding Sauron and the Rings of Power, and was head of the White Council before the War of the Ring, he later grew jealous and afraid of Gandalf,  which was the reason of his betrayal.