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Gardeners’ World (August 12, 2011)

Gardeners’ World (August 12, 2011)

Gardeners’ World ( August 12, 2011): Monty Don prunes the deciduous hedges that are key part of the structure and form of Longmeadow. He shows us how to shape and cut as well as share tips on the right tools for the job. He also plants dahlias and cannas in pots for colour that will last from now and into the autumn and will provide a vibrant replacement for the spent lilies.



 

 

Monty also heads to the capital and gets exclusive access to the second largest garden in London, the US Ambassador’s garden where he meets head gardener, Stephen Crisp who has created a wonderful ‘country house’ style garden in the middle of a bustling city.

Carol Klein visits an urban garden with a difference – a bijou NGS garden called Little Eden where the owners have created a small, charming oasis of colour in the heart of a housing estate near Wakefield.

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 (August 12, 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

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.

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Gardeners’ World ( August 12, 2011): Monty Don prunes the deciduous hedges that are key part of the structure and form of Longmeadow.