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The Victorian Garden Series [DVD]

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 786 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GW8TDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Presented by Peter Thoday and Harry Dodson, this series goes behind the high redbrick walls of Chilton Foliat in Berkshire to follow the restoration of a traditional kitchen garden. In 'The Victorian Flower Garden' Harry re-creates horticultural history to demonstrate how simple and exotic flowers were cultivated. He also finds time to create the wonderful floral decorations at a Victorian wedding and a grand musical. In 'The Victorian Kitchen' Harry is joined by Ruth Mott to revive the relationship between head gardener and cook of a large country house to show how meals were prepared in Victorian times.

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Features three series. Victorian Kitchen Garden - First shown on BBC2 this wonderful series goes behind the high redbrick walls of Chilton Foliat in Berkshire, where Harry Dodson carefully recreates a traditional Victorian kitchen garden. Using traditional tools Harry painstakingly transformed the weed-choked ground into a gardener's and cook's delight solving many horticultural mysteries along the way and showing how gardeners dealt with pests and how they grew exotic fruits and vegetables for the household all year round. Victorian Flower Garden - Harry Dodson re-creates a piece of horticultural history to demonstrate how simple and exotic flowers were cultivated for the lady of the house. Victorian Kitchen - Most Victorian meals came from the garden and some of the food was very elaborate and creative. Wonderful breakfasts, sumptuous afternoon teas and picnics and spectacular dinner parties were par for the day. This excellent programme reveals how food was enjoyed over 100 years ago.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 July 2009
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A real gem from the past! Makes it all the more sad that the modern-day BBC serves up wide-appeal Barratt-home dross to its gardening audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 4 May 2009
I recently bought this dvd set and shall watching it over and over. It is very informative and is a must for any gardener especially those who are proud of being english
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV 21 Jun 2009
By Silver
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The Victorian Garden series takes you back to the days when the BBC made so many great programmes. This is one of the best. No violence, sex or even excitment. Just a relaxing programme to watch at the end of a busy day. To see the victorian garden transformed during the series is marvellous. A set of DVD's we've watched a few times since buying it. Along with the "Green Valley" it does it for us.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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this was a really good series, it was a good insite as to how it was for the workers on the estate, also the pecking order within the staff household, i really enjoyed
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Television at its best 26 Dec 2008
I watched these series at the time and had almost forgotten them. It was an eye-opener to watch them again. I hadn't really noticed the BBC dumbing down but when you watch these programmes you realise that it is going on.

The most striking thing is that in these series there is no 5-minute explanation of what you might've missed last week, or of what to expect next week or constant repetition of who everyone is and what they've just told you. In these half-hour programmes, you really do get 30 minutes of material.

Apart from that, these 3 series are very informative, well presented and a fascinating insight into the past. Some of the techniques are worth trying at home or on the allotment, as well. Well worth the money, although I see the price has gone up since I bought them.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 15 Oct 2008
I can't fault these DVDs and agree utterly with the 2 previous reviewers: this is the stuff the Beeb should be making. The number of people I know who loved the series when it was on is considerable. I was only 6 at the time, so I can also vouch for its appeal to a somewhat younger audience than its original viewers! It hasn't dated at all. Dodson, Mott and Thoday are all engaging and the material is well-presented and fascinating whether your route into the series is through the garden or the kitchen. One of the best buys I have ever made.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 5 April 2009
Although getting old now, this is not only a fascinating and lyrical examination of a grand Victorian garden, its plants, tools, architecture and technology and its relationship with the "big house"; it is a valuable historical record which preserved one man's priceless gardening knowledge. A real treasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 29 Mar 2010
By Michael F. Freer VINE VOICE
I have nothing new to add to the accolades that have already been lavished on this wonderful set. The settings, the people and the content of the programmes are all beyond reproach. I wanted to add my five stars to show to others how good the DVDs are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 27 days ago by mr john tompsett
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
I bought this for my husband for a birthday present, we have watched it time and time again, and now our 6 year old son loves it! delivery was quick, item was perfect, thank you
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning back time
I have had this series on VHS for many years, but decided to upgrade to the DVD set. These films made back in the 1980's at Chilton Foliat are timeless, informative and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Garden series
Delivery was good, item was as described, a fantastic series helped with my curraent RHS level 2 course a fantastic watch very pleased with the purchase
Published 4 months ago by carla cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Very Educational
This series describes and demonstrates the techniques used by the gardeners working in Victorian walled gardens attached to large estates. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian's Love It
We were so excited to get a copy of these videos! We just set our computer to the settings required to view it and have been enjoying them ever since. Thank you so much! Read more
Published 5 months ago by S and A
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
originally see this on the tele
always wanted it
absolutely brilliant if you like gardening
loads of good old tips
Love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Reggie
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
Bought as a Christmas present for a relation, came wll package and on time. This was suggested as a very good guide, will follow up after Emass.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Alfredo Castaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Victorian Garden Series (DVD)
We had watched with relish Ruth Mott in the Victorian Kitchen so it was with great expectations we watch Harry Dobson in the Victorian Garden. We were not disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sam Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Really enjoyed this series - it is so great seeing the way things were done back in the Victorian era.
Published 10 months ago by June MacKinnon
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