In a new BBC2 series Monty Don¿s French Gardens, which starts on Friday, he looks at gardens that fit into three very distinct themes ¿ history, art and food

Fall in love with France's finest gardens: Monty Don on the stars of his new TV series, rich in romance, history, art and Michelin-starred vegetables!

In a new series Monty Don¿s French Gardens, which starts on Friday, he looks at gardens that fit into three very distinct themes ¿ history, art and food

In a new BBC2 series Monty Don¿s French Gardens, which starts on Friday, he looks at gardens that fit into three very distinct themes ¿ history, art and food

Fall in love with France's finest gardens: Monty Don on the stars of his new TV series, rich in romance, history, art and Michelin-starred vegetables!

In a new series Monty Don¿s French Gardens, which starts on Friday, he looks at gardens that fit into three very distinct themes ¿ history, art and food

Monty has suffered a stroke in recent years and Nigel severed his spinal cord in 2008...

'It's a miracle we're both still here': Both Monty Don and his beloved dog Nigel have had brushes with death recently now he says they've helped each other bounce back

Narrow path of Monty Don, beloved British garden writer and telecaster. One man path? Or wheel barrow path as Tara suggested?

Monty has suffered a stroke in recent years and Nigel severed his spinal cord in 2008...

'It's a miracle we're both still here': Both Monty Don and his beloved dog Nigel have had brushes with death recently now he says they've helped each other bounce back

Narrow path of Monty Don, beloved British garden writer and telecaster. One man path? Or wheel barrow path as Tara suggested?

Nigel...... Monty Don's dog .....

The real star of Gardeners' World is a golden retriever called Nigel

Monty, now 60 and his golden retriever Nigel have received a few health scares in the past

'It's a miracle we're both still here': Both Monty Don and his beloved dog Nigel have had brushes with death recently now he says they've helped each other bounce back

Monty, now 60 and his golden retriever Nigel have received a few health scares in the past however the gardener insists he still has twenty years left of work in him.

Cardoons are now at their best but as they start to turn to seed they still look gloriously dramatic, and as late as December they open out into a wonderful cottony fluffiness

Cardoons are the star turn in any garden says Monty Don

Cardoons are now at their best but as they start to turn to seed they still look gloriously dramatic, and as late as December they open out into a wonderful cottony fluffiness

In this stunning series, Monty Don set off on an enchanting journey to visit 80 of the world's most celebrated gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.

In this stunning series, Monty Don set off on an enchanting journey to visit 80 of the world's most celebrated gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.

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