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Around The World In 80 Gardens : Complete BBC Series [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Monty Don
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 590 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017U09HG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Around the World in 80 Gardens is a BBC series that follows broadcaster Monty Don as he travels all over the planet searching for world-class gardens – ancient and modern, large and small, grand and humble. In total, exactly eighty gardens are featured during his 10 journeys, and include the Alhambra, the gardens of the Taj Mahal in India, the gardens of the Villa D’Este in Italy and many important botanic and royal gardens from Thailand to Bali, from New Zealand to Europe and from China to Mexico.

Written and presented by Monty Don, the author of numerous gardening books and articles and the UK's leading gardening broadcaster, Around the World in 80 Gardens is much more than a gardening series, since Monty believes that "..gardens are a really good way to understand a culture". Each programme in this landmark documentary series combines history, natural history and travel and appeals to a wide audience. Each programme traces a personal journey for Monty as he exposes himself to new experiences and to cultures he has never previously encountered, leading him to question his ideas of what a garden actually is. With its intimate and engaging tone, we see how Monty’s own assumptions evolve as he learns from all he encounters…

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By oooo Candy Davis on 31 July 2009
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From medicinal plants floating in containers on the Amazon to the almost plant-free zen gardens of Japan - the vast majority of the 80 gardens here bear little resemblance to the traditional British garden. This DVD challenges your concept of what actually constitutes 'a garden', and there are many times throughout the series when Monty Don admits to being unsure himself.

The journey he makes across the globe is fascinating, with lots of history and cultural references added to the gardens he visits. Monty is an enthusiastic presenter, and he is quite honest with his evaluations..... and even when his opinion is not so forthcoming you can usually sense if he feels disappointment or pleasure about the places he visits.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series and I am glad I purchased the DVD, however I would have preferred if he had named more of the plants and trees we see around the world. Failing that, a glossary as an extra on the DVD would have been nice. Sadly, there are no extras at all. Sound is 2.0 Surround with English subtitles available.

Programmes:
01. Mexico and Cuba
02. Australia and New Zealand
03. India
04. South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Chile)
05. United States of America
06. China and Japan
07. The Mediterranean (Italy, Morocco, and Spain)
08. South Africa
09. Northern Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Norway)
10. South-East Asia (Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Tamblyn on 9 July 2009
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I never thought I would ever buy a Gardening DVD. This series is awesome. The history and stories behind some of the gardens are amazing. The series goes into social history, buildings, art, farming, religion, engineering, cultural and political areas of gardens. from the floating gardens on the Amazon river to Tea plantations of India, there is hardly ever a dull moment. Highly recemended for anyone who likes a good documentary series.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Davenport on 7 Feb. 2009
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My husband and I have always enjoyed Monty Don's enthusiasm about his
gardening and everybody's gardens no matter how small.
We watched some of the series on TV and can now watch this marvellous
series anytime of the year of gardens around the world each one always
gives us great pleasure. Well done Monty. We really miss seing him on
the TV.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Francis on 30 April 2012
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My wife and I watched the whole series when it was first broadcast on the BBC and we were simply amazed at the astonishing variety of gardens in the various programmes. Did I know about Rousham? ( no - but even with Monty walking around in the rain, I know far more about it now!) Did I know about Sissinghurst?( yes - but Monty's visit and summary helped me completely recapture the experience and was so accurate and to the point! This is true of all 80 gardens visited - so much to learn and so many surprises on the way. Even though the DVD has been out for some time now, you can watch it again and again and discover new delights. If I have a favourite, it is South Africa with the extraordinary garden near Table Mountain. The combination of amazing colours captured in HD and the unforgettable sight of mist enveloping the top of the mountain. I could name so many other gardens which I never knew existed and I am drawn inexorably into a personal commuication and personal visit thanks to Monty Don's remarkable skill - he finds all the salient points and conveys them with such enthusiasm! I doubt if anyone will ever undertake such a marathon again so I really do award this series with the title " The classic Monty Don"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TSKJR on 24 Sept. 2011
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I bought this a year ago and tucked it in amongst my collection of DVDs for future viewing. What a mistake! I should have watched it immediately! Of all the DVDs I've seen (and I've seen many) this has to be one of the "top 5" most beautifully filmed. Now I watch it whenever I need a pick-me-up after an exhausting day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Hunt on 26 May 2012
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I was amazed that just four DVDs could contain so many hours of fascinating, enjoyable viewing, together with the usual intelligent and informative commentary from Monty Don on some of the worlds greatest gardens, all with such enormous variety and cultural background. Monty is right when he says that gardens are a real insight into the many different cultures and peoples that occupy our world, yet all demonstrae the common bond which we have as human beings in valuing the space and contents of gardens. A great value set of DVDs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete in Meir on 23 Jan. 2012
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I'm not one for your normal gardening programmes, however late one night flicking through the channels I intercepted part of the spanish gardens episode. After wich I made sure I caught a few further episodes. This series visits gardens around the globe, is well formatted, very informative on the designs and history, as well as being very easy to watch. Even if you don't like or can't go anywhere near gardening tools this is brilliant. Monty Don makes this very entertaining with his views and enthusiasm. I do not believe any other presenter could have pulled this proramme off so well. I Liked it so much I even brought a copy for my sister's birthday; She and her husband comented yesterday that they really love it. When I bought mine I think I paid about £20 and thought it was an excellent buy! its now far less than that, it's a 'steal'!
Will I watch it again? Over and over! My personnal rating 9.5 out of 10 enjoy.
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