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Monty Don’s French Gardens Season 1 Episode 1

Monty Don he tells the stories behind France’s most important historic gardens. These include elaborate walled gardens designed to please the mistress – and then the wife – of a king, magnificent displays of flowers and fountains that involved thousands of soldiers moving tracts of land and incited violent jealousy in another monarch, and a modern-day chateau garden that came close to bankrupting its owner. Monty sees how throughout history the French have used gardens as a public expression of money, power and passion.

Episode Title: Gardens of Power and Passion

Air Date: 2013-02-01