Gardeners’ World episode 2 2011: At Longmeadow Monty Don introduces us to the coppice, a woodland area where his favourite flower, the primrose, is in bloom. As well as enjoying the seasonal colours of spring, it’s time to plan the summer display. Monty sows sweet peas and gives his recommendations of what to grow to give you for colour in the garden and cut flowers for the house.
Carol Klein journeys to Levens Hall in Cumbria, where she discovers that some of the oldest and finest topiary in the country is under threat from box blight. But far from bemoaning its loss, the gardeners there are embracing the opportunity to experiment with alternatives.
Back at Longmeadow, Monty inspects his own box hedges and applies a treatment to increase their health and blight resistance.
In Bournemouth Joe Swift meets a man whose passion for dahlias has gradually squeezed almost every other plant out of his garden. As well as looking back on an incredible summer display, tips and techniques are on the menu as Joe learns some hard won secrets of success, including a surprising method of propagation. As usual we have jobs for the weekend, and Monty also sets about repairing some of the winter damage on his garden paths.
Gardeners’ World episode 2 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.