Monty Don's Japanese Gardens (DVD)
Monty tours Japan’s best gardens in the spring and autumn.
Monty travels to Japan in spring to explore different aspects of the nation's gardens. Amidst the cherry blossoms, he begins his journey by visiting the earliest surviving boating garden of the Heian period. He also looks at the rolling green moss of a Buddhist garden and learns the secrets of creating a Zen landscape before visiting an unconventional garden created by a modern design legend. The presenter also learns about the art of Japanese stonemasonry, the famous tea ceremonies and receives a lesson in the delicate art of traditional flower arranging.
The horticultural enthusiast explores Japan during autumn. He begins as he did in the spring, at one of the `three great gardens of Japan' to learn how they are protected from the coming winter. Monty follows the history of the Japanese garden through the military strongholds of past leaders to the many styles, new and old, of the iconic stroll garden and finds a slice of Victorian England in the heart of Tokyo. He also learns how the Japanese are weaving nature into their concrete urban jungle. He ends his journey by the Sea of Japan at a place that makes art out of its gardens.
Release Date 15th April 2019