BBC Two has given the green-light to Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens, a two-part series that follows Monty as he explores some of Japan’s most beautiful gardens and the West’s enduring fascination with them.
The two-parter follows Monty on a journey through the country’s iconic and historic gardens, where he learns the secrets of creating a Zen landscape before visiting an unconventional garden created by a modern garden design legend. As well as touring the gardens, he experiences the country’s famous tea ceremonies and takes a lesson in the art of traditional flower arranging.
Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens is produced by Blink Films production in association with Alexandra Henderson Associates. Daisy Newton-Dunn and Georgie Yukiko Donovan are the series producers. The series was commissioned by the BBC’s Commissioning Editor Catherine Catton.
The Executive Producer is Alexandra Henderson. “This is a real voyage of discovery in which Monty is shown how it can take 60 people to prune one pine tree and where every detail in a Japanese garden has its own significance”, Henderson said.
While Dan Chambers, Blink Films’ Co-Founder and Creative Director, added: “We’re delighted to be reuniting with Monty and BBC 2 for a new series which reveals not just the beauty of Japanese Gardens but also explores their association with the country’s culture past and present.”