In Around the World in 80 Gardens ep 10, Monty Don visits the world’s 80 most inspiring gardens, this time in South East Asia. Since the nineteenth century, Western gardeners have loved tropical garden. Monty visits the archetype – the mysterious Jim Thompson’s Garden in Bangkok.
He seeks something more authentic in the Royal Palace gardens and the floating gardens of the canals of Bangkok. In Bali, his preconceptions are challenged again. Is the Western picture of the exotic garden a construct?
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.