Synopsis by Alice Day
Italian garden designers brought new dimensions to their creations, which were admired the world over. The powerful ruling families of Florence, Venice, and Milan transformed their residences into statements of wealth and grandeur. This 12-part series, first seen on PBS, travels to the early gardens of the world spanning some 3,000 years of the gardener's art. Host and historian William Howard Adam provides a narrative as he visits the lush vistas of Italian gardens, which featured sculptures commissioned from the artists who flourished under the patronage of rulers such as the Medicis.