The Victorian Garden Series [DVD]
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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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The head gardener Harry Dodson was a precious jewel, and it's fortunate that at least some of what he had to give was made available to the general public. It was a joy to see some of the plants being grown and realizing that many of them are still around. I'd like to stay optimistic and say that it is so because of this program. Plus, seeing the methods used by the Victorians, what they grew and how much, was truly an eye-opener. Not just the flowers but the exotic fruits and vegetables.
Also, the program with the cook, Ruth Mott, was a revelation. I knew that people of the past did indeed eat but finally seeing just what they ate (or at least a part of it) and how it was made was, again, an eye-opener.
Plus, I want that strawberry form. I really, really, want it. :)
Its more than 20 years old but far superior to contemporary shows whre presenters just run around shouting without relaying anything usefull to the audience.
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