Monty Don's American Gardens

Monty Don's American Gardens

Series 1 - Episode 3



At the start of this series, Monty Don wanted to find the definitive American garden. He knew it was a long shot and has now accepted there’s no such thing. The gardens reflect the size and diversity of the country, so the desert planting of an Arizona plot is just as American as the Spanish moss-festooned oaks of a Carolina garden or a picket-fenced suburban front lawn.

Treating himself to a very cool open-top car, he ends his trip by exploring some California dreaming gardens, including Barry Manilow’s glamorous former Palm Springs home and a spectacular LA property with a lush garden bought, allegedly, to make the owner’s Afghan hound happy.

He concludes that “the belief you can do anything if you believe in it enough… is what defines the American garden”.


The host explores the scenery of the west coast of the United States, beginning in Arizona where he learns about cacti and marvels at the sight of them in the desert and in private gardens where they have replaced traditional plants and lawns. In Palm Springs, he views gardens with famous owners, from film stars to big businessmen and politicians. Los Angeles is Monty's next stop where he hears how schoolchildren are taking up gardening. His trip ends in Seattle where he visits a tropical getaway for one of the city's main workforces and views some beautiful green spaces just outside the city. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Monty Don
Executive Producer Alexandra Henderson