Gardeners’ World episode 6 2011: An hour-long episode of the gardening programme. At Longmeadow, Monty Don shows which plants to choose for sensational borders right through the summer – from ornamental grasses to late flowering perennials. He also plants out squashes and pumpkins, as well as making his own comfrey feed.
Carol Klein is at Glebe Cottage giving advice on the best hardy geraniums for different situations and sharing tips on how to lift, divide and propagate them.
She also visits the remarkable gardens of Waltham Place where the landscape is deliberately left untamed and even weeds are allowed to flourish. She discovers what plants work best in this low maintenance gardening style and learns how to create this type of naturalistic planting.
Joe Swift is at Cothay Manor to discover what it takes to maintain 12 acres of stunning gardens and to see their many garden rooms, each a gem in its own right. And Rachel de Thame is at RHS Wisley getting advice from the experts on how to prune wisteria to get maximum flowers next spring.
Gardeners’ World episode 6 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.