Monty Don is to take Britain’s armchair gardeners back in time – to explore the history of the nation’s passion for gardening.

Gardeners’ World presenter Monty has filmed The Secret History of the British Garden for BBC2. It’ll feature four, 60-minute episodes.

In each instalment, Monty looks at how factors such war, religion, archaeology, medicine, food, design and fashion have influenced British gardening styles.

Monty said his journey through 500 years of garden history was “fascinating”.

He said: “Not only has it unravelled the historical narrative of our unique garden history, but it has also been filled with insights into our social, political and cultural life that stretches into every corner of human behaviour, right to the present day.”

The series has been made for BBC2 by Lion TV.

However, the BBC has not yet (April 2015) confirmed a start date for The Secret History of the British Garden.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “It’s coming soon to BBC2”.


  • Episode 1 – 17th century: Monty starts his journey at Levens Hall in Cumbria and London’s Hampton Court.
  • Episode 2 – 18th century: Monty looks at Capability Brown’s first commission,
    Croome Court in Worcestershire.
  • Episode 3 – 19th century: Science and tech innovation. Monty visits royal retreats as well as Kew Gardens.
  • Episode 4 – 20th century: A look at the effect of two world wars on gardening, and how the UK garden industry is now worth over nine billion pounds per year.