Saturday MONTY DON’S FRENCH GARDENS
Native plants rule the roost when it comes to gardening trends here in Australia, but the romance of a formal French garden is irresistible for British horticulturist Monty Don and he is on a mission to show us why. Part travel documentary, part love letter to France’s green spaces, Don examines what makes their gardens unique. In tonight’s season premiere, it’s all about formal gardens and what they historically reveal about power and passion. Monty strolls through magnificent estates, exploring an elaborate walled garden designed to please the mistress and then wife of a king and a modern- day chateau garden that came close to bankrupting its owner.