In Around the World in 80 Gardens ep 8, Monty Don visits Cape Town’s famous Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens he sees the King Proteus, South Africa’s national plant. In the Drakensberg Mountains he sees some native flora in its natural environment.
His favourite garden is a school vegetable patch in Thembisa, one of Johannesburg’s townships. Monty is intrigued by how gardening styles have changed here since the Dutch first settled in the 19th century.
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.