Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Don laments TV garden 'quagmire'

Monty Don presents Gardeners' World from his own garden

Gardeners' World host Monty Don has revealed months of foul weather has turned the show's filming location into a "quagmire" and has set back plans for the programme.

The presenter, who films from his own garden in Herefordshire, said work on developing the huge plot had been delayed or interrupted as a result of the conditions.

And in an interview with Radio Times, Monty also told how he has difficulty sharing Longmeadow - his rambling estate - with other presenters on the show.

He returned to the show two years ago after a spell away following a stroke in 2008 and was temporarily replaced by Toby Buckland.

With his comeback the programme was uprooted from its base at Berryfields in the West Midlands to the garden which Monty has tended for more than 20 years.

Speaking about his battle with the elements, the 57-year-old said: "I cannot stress how difficult the conditions have been this year. The garden is, essentially, a quagmire. I always like to go with the rhythm and the flow of the seasons, and this has meant our plans have been delayed or interrupted."

Among the projects which have been put back as a result of the poor weather is a new greenhouse. "It should be up and ready now, but it isn't," he said.

Monty has built up 24 small gardens within the grounds of his property in a rural spot, enclosed by more than 1,400 trees and hedges which he has planted over the years.

And he said he has found it a continuing challenge to relinquish control of the garden to other members of the programme team, although he has come to terms with sharing the property with his viewers. He added: "When other presenters want to come in, I find it difficult. It would be nonsensical to say I didn't, but I accept it's part of what happens."

:: The full interview is in the new edition of Radio Times.

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