Posted: 17/06/2012 at 11:31
Dove from above, "remarks about her appearance and manner because she is female..."? I am female too and it is nothing to do with her appearance. I don't like her manner because it sometimes seems exagerrated enthusiasm and that would put me off what she was saying whether she was male or female.
And it is because I love gardening that I bother about what presenters we have. Because, as human beings, we will be affected by who is presenting what. And Gardeners World is the only choice we have as gardeners now. It was much better when there was a variety of gardening programmes on, then it didn't matter so much.
( This might be a whole other thread, but part of the reason why I like Monty Don is he has had mental health problems, i.e. depression, quite badly and he often cites gardening as being his therapy. He is not ashamed of this and it does a lot for other people, including myself, who have had depression. Gardening is one of the best therapies available. It really helps me when there is someone I can identify with who is not ashamed of their past.