Venetian Gardens by Monty Don & Derry Moore


Based on his BBC series, Monty Don and award-winning photographer Derry Moore take readers on a stunning visual journey through the gardens of Venice and the Veneto. Join Monty Don, Britain’s pre-eminent gardener, and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore on their historic journey through the most stunning gardens of Venice and the Veneto.

Few world cities hold the romance and historical sweep of Venice. Thousands visit every year – and a mixture of crowds and climate leave it vulnerable, so much so it is often said to be in danger of sinking – but away from the usual tourist haunts around St. Mark’s square are exceptional hidden treasures, some 500 gardens, many of them with fascinating stories. Starting in the heart of the city and working their way out to the Veneto, Monty and Derry celebrate the beauty of these places and tell their unique stories – from a beautiful nunnery garden with a history of exotic animals and a kitchen garden of the historic Foundation to the Madonna church to the estates of famous Venetian families, like the spectacular Giusti Renaissance garden.

With stunning full colour photography throughout, Venice Gardens will give readers new insight into one of the world’s most beloved cities – you won’t see Venice the same way again.

We love Venice and the photography in this stunning book is so evocative as the oversize format allows Derry’s images to really do justice to this beautiful place and Monty’s descriptions share the secrets of each beautiful space.

Each garden is eloquently described by Monty Don and accompanied by the most wonderful photography by Derry Moore, sharing details about its history, the people who lovingly tend these gardens today, and details about the planting or features in the gardens. 

If you saw the BBC series Adriatic Gardens this is a wonderful reminder of this beautiful programme, but as a standalone book it is a delightful insight into the exquisite gardens often hidden behind the Venetian landscape.

Venetian Gardens is an absolutely glorious book! Every page sings with beauty, if you love gardening, Venice, or simply want to be uplifted and inspired this sumptuous book is a delightful gift for you, or your friends and family. 

One of all-time favourite books of 2022! Very Highly Recommended!

Venetian Gardens by Monty Don & Derry Moore Published by Ebury Publishing

Cover image copyright © Derry Moore Photography