Gardeners’ World (30 September, 2011): In a special programme which comes from all four of the Royal Horticultural Society gardens, the Gardeners’ World team are out on the road exploring how each location’s differing climate affects the plants they grow and getting plenty of gardening tips along the way.
Carol Klein introduces the programme from Wisley in Surrey, one of the country’s southern ‘hot spots’. She finds out how plants are assessed in their trial beds and how that information is useful to all gardeners.
In the northernmost garden at Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, where the winters can be quite harsh, Joe Swift gets plenty of timely propagating tips. Rachel de Thame explores the gardens at Hyde Hall in Essex, the driest county, and discovers plants which thrive with minimal rainfall. By contrast, in the west, where the rainfall is high, Monty Don visits Rosemoor in Devon and finds plenty of inspiring planting combinations in their colourful ‘hot borders’.
Gardening show packed with good ideas, tips, advice from experts and timely reminders to get the most out of your garden, whatever its size or type.
Gardeners’ World (30 September, 2011)
Gardeners’ World is a long-running BBC Television programme about gardening, first broadcast on 5 January 1968 and still running as of 2019. Its first episode was presented by Ken Burras and came from Oxford Botanical Gardens. The magazine BBC Gardeners’ World is a tie-in to the programme. Most of its episodes have been 30 minutes in length, although there are many specials that last longer. The 2008 and 2009 series used a 60-minute format as did the 2016 series from episode 23, for eight episodes in total.
Monty Don was born in West Berlin to British parents Denis Thomas Keiller Don, a career soldier posted in Germany, and Janet Montagu (née Wyatt). Both of his paternal grandparents were Scottish, through whom he is descended from botanist George Don and the Keiller family of Dundee, inventors of a brand of marmalade in 1797. On his maternal side, he is descended from the Wyatts, who were a prominent dynasty of architects. Both parents died in the 1980s. Don has a twin sister, an elder brother David, and two other siblings. His twin suffered a broken neck and blindness after a car crash, at the age of 19. Don describes his parents as being “very strict”.
Don was educated at three independent schools: Quidhampton School in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Bigshotte School in Wokingham, Berkshire, and at Malvern College in Malvern, Worcestershire, a college he hated. He then attended a state comprehensive school, the Vyne School, in Hampshire. He failed his A levels and while studying for re-takes at night school, worked on a building site and a pig farm by day. During his childhood he had become an avid gardener and farmer. He was determined to go to Cambridge out of “sheer bloody-mindedness”, attending Magdalene College, where he read English and met his future wife Sarah. He was a Cambridge Half Blue for boxing.