Behind the elegance of the stately gardens that now define the British landscape lies a story that combines exotic exploration, scientific innovation and revolutionary thought, not to mention an unexpected helping of sexual innuendo. Tony Robinson follows an ambitious two-year restoration of Prior Park garden near Bath, and also embarks on a journey through time to decode the secrets of England's stately gardens. In the process he visits extraordinary grottos and fanciful follies, and uncovers sexy secrets concealed in apparently classical designs.
And on his own grand tour Tony travels to the breathtaking Hadrian's Garden, near Rome, the inspiration for so much we see in the traditional English garden. The Enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century were overturned the starchy formalities of their ancestors. Scientific discovery gave them power over nature for the first time, and the growth of trade brought exotic plants, animals and ideas to these shores - the likes of which had never been seen before.