UK pubcaster BBC has commissioned a two-part series from London’s Blink Films and Alexandra Henderson Associates which will see TV presenter Monty Don exploring Japanese gardens for BBC2.
Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens (2 x 60 minutes; pictured) will see the horticulture enthusiast heading to Japan. In the first episode, he’ll visit in spring, when the legendary cherry blossoms are in full bloom. From there, he’ll travel the country, touring gardens, including famous zen landscapes and modern garden designs, and learning the art of tea ceremonies and flower arranging.
In episode two, he’ll return to Japan in autumn to learn how trees are wrapped to withstand the harsh cold and heavy snows of winter, while learning the history of “stroll gardens” and how nature has been incorporated into urban environments.
Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens is produced by Daisy Newton-Dunn and Georgie Yukiko Donovan, with Alexandra Henderson serving as executive producer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton for BBC.
“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,” said Henderson, in a statement.
“We’re delighted to be reuniting with Monty and BBC2 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,” added Blink Films co-founder and creative director Don Chambers.