Armchair Travel Guide for Gardeners

Monty Don's French Gardens

Cherished are winter days curled up with a good book, and cherished too are winter nights curled up with the remote and a “binge worthy” program or movie. Your faithful Compost Heap editor recommends the following for chilly nights ahead.

Monty Don’s French Gardens


British television host Monty Don leads a tour of France’s gardens and gardening history. From Le Notre’s formal parterres at Vaux le Vicomte and Versailles to the artistic gardens at Giverny, this is a feast for the senses and a celebration of France’s love affair with gardens through history.

P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Home, Garden Style, and Garden to Table

If you’ve been enchanted by Allen Smith’s gardening and lifestyle programs on PBS, you may be delighted to find that you can access any of them via YouTube, Roku, Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV. Visit his website to learn more.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

PBS, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

This six-episode series by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the story of our national parks. It is a treasure. You can purchase specific episodes or the entire series on Amazon Video. PBS supporters can stream from, and you may find the series on streaming services where it appears from time to time.