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Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens

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Monty Don in Spanish orange grove. Picture; BBC/Blink Films/Alexandra Henderson
Monty Don in Spanish orange grove. Picture; BBC/Blink Films/Alexandra Henderson

Islamic-inspired gardens, Episode 1, BBC Two, January 19, 9pm

Our gardens can be a private sanctuary but what of the true paradise gardens, inspired by Islamic tradition?

Taking six months to film, Monty Don presents Paradise Gardens, a two-part BBC Two series visiting some of the world’s most stunning Islamic gardens.

The series takes him to Spain, Morocco, Iran, India and Turkey, as well as some more surprising gardens closer to home.

Paradise gardens are based on water at their centre and as the style originated in hot countries, an essential element is shade, usually from fruit trees such as orange, fig and pomegranate.

Monty begins in Spain, at the Alhambra in Granada, which is a series of stunning palaces, each with their own gardens.

An accompanying book, with pictures by Derry Moore, will be available in late March.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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