GARDENING fans are delighted Monty Don is back on their screens as the face of Gardeners’ World.
He joins Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame and Nick Bailey hosting the popular horticultural show. But what else do we know about the writer and broadcaster – who once dreamed of being a rock star?
Who is Monty Don?
Monty was born on July 8, 1955, in West Berlin during the Cold War but was brought up in Hampshire where he became an avid gardener and farmer.
He was educated at a variety of schools including Quidhampton School in Basingstoke and Magdalene College at Cambridge University.
It was at university where he met his future wife, Sarah.
How did he end up presenting Gardeners’ World?
Monty and his wife ran a costume jewellery business in the 1980s but since 1988 he has worked full-time as a gardening author, journalist and broadcaster.
He has gardened on television for over twenty years and starred on This Morning.
Other roles have included presenting Channel 4’s Real Gardens and Fork to Fork.
However, he is most famous for presenting Gardeners’ World on BBC2.
The series was first introduced in the 90s and came back almost 10 years later in 2007.
It is described as being a “gardening show packed with good ideas, tips and advice”.
Has Monty Don worked outside of television?
Aside from working in television, Monty has also served as The Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 to 2006 and has written a gardening column for the Daily Mail.
His first book, The Prickotty Bush was published in 1990 and there have been 15 more since – two with his wife Sarah.
He also presents the annual Chelsea Flower Show.
What are Monty Don’s interests?
The presenter is said to love hedges, woodland, topiary, vegetables, fruit and all plants that capture a season, mood or spirit of place.
He loathes houseplants, begonias and horticultural pedantry.
Plus he lists his favourite garden jobs are planting and cutting anything from grass to logs.
Outside of gardening, according to BT.com, Monty wanted to be a rock star when he was a teenager.
He said: “At that time there was nothing I wanted more”.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last year, Monty described how his dog helped him through the “black periods” of his depression.
He said the pet made think of something other than himself when he suffered with mental health issues.