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Monty Don and Gardeners' World


by Adam Pasco

It was a great shock to get a call from Monty on Thursday telling me he'd taken the incredibly hard decision to stand down as the main presenter of the programme.


Monty DonFor five years I've really enjoyed working with Monty Don as he developed the new home of Gardeners' World at Berryfields, so it was a great shock to get a call from Monty on Thursday telling me he'd taken the incredibly hard decision to stand down as the main presenter of the programme.

Monty has been an inspiration to me and millions of viewers and readers who have followed his practical, hands-on gardening, and been stimulated by his views on plants, gardens and organic practices. As many of you will know, Monty has had a health scare, suffering a minor stroke earlier this year. When we spoke he assured me that he was fine, but really needs to take stock.

He had hoped a short break from his hectic filming schedule would be enough to recharge, but full recovery always takes time. A health scare like this is a big reality check, and after much deliberation he has put himself and his family first, and stepped back from filming commitments until he's back to full health.

As he told me, he'll continue writing for Gardeners' World Magazine, and when he's ready he'd love to work on smaller TV projects. In the meantime, we wish him the very best.

Monty will still be attending Gardeners' World Live 2008 at the NEC on Saturday 14 June and Sunday 15 June.

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Read the official statement regarding Monty's decision to stand down as presenter of Gardeners' World.



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Gardeners' World Web User 24/04/2008 at 15:20

Saddened to hear the news regarding Monty standing down from Gardeners' World. Have found Monty an inspiration from Channel Four's 'real Gardens' to present day. Also found his books 'The Jewel Garden' and 'Fork To Fork' inspiring. Would like to wish Monty a big thank you for his contribution over the years and wish both he and his family all the best.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/04/2008 at 19:49

I was very sad to hear the news that Monty Don was leaving Gardeners' World due to illness. Friday nights will not be the same without Monty's enthusiastic and down to earth delivery of the world of gardening. I hope he makes an excellent recovery and returns to his love of gardening in perhaps a less stressful way. Carol and Joe also play a huge part in presenting the show and I am sure will continue to do so. I hope the powers that be think carefully about who will replace Monty as the lead presenter. As a gardener for many years and an avid watcher of Gardeners' World, I have learned to accept change and I'm sure the right person to replace Monty will be chosen. Grateful thanks to Monty for feeding my enthusiasm and good luck for the future.

Gardeners' World Web User 04/05/2008 at 19:20

We were very sorry to hear of Monty's illness and hope he get better soon. I am sure being in his own garden will help him recover in peace and one day that he may be able to come back to the programmes and all the great things he does for all gardeners. It will not be the same without him and his enthusiasm. Hi to the other Jacquie Weeks on the blog!

Gardeners' World Web User 23/05/2008 at 16:19

I am sad that Monty has decided to step down, but can understand why. Can you pass on to Monty that a health scare such as a stroke does not have to mean you will live in fear for your life for ever. I had a heart attack at age 60, in 1995, brought on by work related stress. I was a screaming hypochondriac before, but I have carried on, watched my diet and exercise, and rarely think about my health these days. My blood pressure and ecgs are fine, and I only have to take aspirin - when I remember. Anyway, good luck to Monty in anything he does in future.

Gardeners' World Web User 23/05/2008 at 16:22

As i work in a garden centre I was watering the plants the other day and I wondered how and where they get the water from to water all the plants at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show can you please help me as in the garden centre I work we reuse the rain water thanks any help would be appreciated.

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