Monty Don is best known for his veteran presenting slot on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Since 2011, viewers across the country have been invited into Monty’s garden in Herefordshire, from the comfort of their living room.
In 2014, Monty became the lead presenter for the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage, which has, for the first time since World War 2, been cancelled.
The coronavirus outbreak has forced observers of the show to skip the year, with many participants at a loss after preparing their flowers for over a year.
Monty, however, gave fans some hope when he said: “[The show is] happening, just not quite as we know it.”
It will instead be taking place at the homes of those taking part.
Members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have been able to see the content since Monday, while the general public will be given the chance throughout the rest of the week.
Special programmes are also set to be shown on BBC One and BBC Two, with different themes each day such as wildlife gardening, health and wellbeing, and growing plants in small or indoor spaces.
Monty will be forced to enjoy the show from his home, though will likely be doing a spot of gardening himself.
The BBC man is not known to be overtly political, but an unearthed interview from 2016 revealed his views on why he thought the UK would be better inside the EU.
“There is good stuff being done in Europe, using urban spaces to environmental and aesthetic advantage.
“We can learn from that.
“We’re an insular nation.
“We’re very good at invention and creation but we’re not as good as we might be at learning from others.
“I’m optimistic the referendum will go the way I hope, but to listen to the media, you would imagine people talk of nothing else, whereas around my way I have never heard anyone mention it.
“Still, I will exercise my vote, although I’m not a party partisan at all – I have no party feeling whatsoever.”
Last week, Monty broke the tragic news that his golden retriever Nigel had died after being taken “suddenly ill”.
In an Instagram post, he wrote: “To the end he was happy, healthy and his usual calm, lovely self.
“He slipped quietly away with no pain or suffering and is now buried in the garden with lots of tennis balls.”
Viewers had become accustomed to seeing Nigel make appearances during Gardeners’ World.
Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 13:40:00 +0000