Five Gardens Of Spain

A series celebrating visionary gardens of the world.

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Susan Marling explores the courtyard gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, and unlocks their sacred meaning.

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Susan Marling travels to Barcelona to explore the wild, surreal Parc Guell that the architect Gaudi made as a monument to Catalan nationalism.

She tells the real story of the garden.

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Susan Marling travels to Segovia where, in its mountain setting, Spain's most splendid formal garden, La Granja, has been beautifully restored.

The garden is now a focus for summer pleasures - music, open air cinema and a great ritual of jumping in all the fountains on feast days.

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The palace gardens of Pazo de Oca in Galicia, restored to former glory by Spain's 'gardener Duke', perfectly combine baroque stonework, lush vegetation, an abundance of water and a working farm.

Susan Marling investigates.

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She looks at the newly restored Botanical Garden in Madrid and talks to Fernando Caruncho, Spain's most famous contemporary gardener, who has made a delightful modern addition to it.