Big Dreams Small Spaces

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Series 3 - Episode 2



What Monty Don doesn’t know about growing stuff isn’t worth a fig, we know that. But what he also brings to gardening is an irresistible, Zen-like attitude. “You and your garden must grow together,” Obi-Don Kenobi gently tells one couple, who’d clearly prefer their Japanese garden to appear overnight, fully formed and mature.

“You must enjoy the process,” he tells another, high-achieving couple who are focused on the project’s completion. “It’s important to learn to stop and smell the roses.”

Both couples give the makeover their all, doing most of the work themselves. And Monty beams like a proud parent at their efforts.


Monty Don helps Tariq and Sairah, who want to turn their dumping ground of a backyard in Leyton into a sumptuous award-winning garden suitable for entertaining friends and family, and a trip to Chelsea Flower Show proves inspirational. Ant and Jake in Bath want to create a Japanese-style design for their L-shaped plot, but events take a dramatic turn when they discover an underlying problem with their soil that calls for an extreme solution.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Monty Don
Director Andre Holzinger
Executive Producer Richard Bradley
Producer Andre Holzinger
Series Editor Alexandra Henderson