Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Monty Don's 'Secret History of British Gardens'

Monty Don’s Secret History of British Gardens
Bodysgallen Hall, Snowdonia
Mr Don has come up with another epic TV series; this time focussed on British gardens (see link to BBC iPlayer below). Each Boxwood Tour features as wide spectrum of gardens as possible, including historic gardens introduced by our professional horticulturist tour leaders. Bonython Manor in Cornwall, for example, dates back to the 13th century, and now features a Georgian house and 17th century walled garden. The same Exotic Gardens of Cornwall tour includes visits to Penjerrick, Glendurgan & Trebah, 3 gardens created by different members of the successful Quaker Fox family in the 19th century; the ever-expanding range of exotic pants collected from empire and beyond at that time thriving in sheltered coastal valleys in the gulf-stream warmed climate, as well as Trewithen, with house and landscape dating back to the 18th century. Bodysgallen Hall is the hotel base for the first part of Gardens of Snowdonia tour end of June; an historic house and gardens with sundial marked 1678 dating both house and the Dutch style sunken walled gardens in vogue at that time. The family at Nanhoron dates back to before the English conquest of 1283, though present house and walled gardens were planned in 1796 and built four years later, replacing an older house of 1677. Travellers will find the story of British gardens related by Monty Don gives a wider context and deeper understanding to the historic garden visits featured, just one element of the inspiring range of gardens selected for a typical Boxwood Tour.

Link to BBC iPlayer: Monty Don’s Secret History of British Gardens

Trebah, Cornwall

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