Monty and Alan talking together at the Gardeners' World Magazine 50th Anniversary cover shoot

Gardeners’ World 50th Anniversary

Enjoy our behind-the-scenes videos from the cover shoot for Gardeners' World Magazine, June issue.

The June issue of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine is a special collector’s edition, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the nation’s favourite gardening show. To honour the occasion, Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh joined forces for a once-in-a-lifetime cover shoot.

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Our video team caught all of the action, going behind the scenes with Monty, Alan and Lucy Hall, editor of Gardeners’ World Magazine. Watch, above, as Monty and Alan discuss the pressure of stepping into the shoes of a previous, much-loved presenter – and find out exactly how Monty came to be offered the job…

Enjoy more videos from this unforgettable, laughter-filled day, below. Highlights include Monty talking about Nigel’s gradual takeover of the programme and two subscriber-only videos of Monty and Alan in conversation.

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Gardeners’ World Magazine June issue

Don’t miss our special, celebratory 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Gardeners’ World Magazine, available from Tuesday 30 May, 2017.

Celebratory 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Gardeners’ World Magazine
Celebratory 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Gardeners’ World Magazine

Behind the scenes

Go behind the scenes with Monty and Alan at our cover shoot for the June issue of Gardeners’ World Magazine.

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Alan and Monty with Lucy Hall
Alan and Monty with Lucy Hall

Strange items in the post

In this short video, Alan reminisces about his time as presenter of Gardeners’ World and reveals the strangest item of fan mail he ever received.

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Alan Titchmarsh reminisces about Gardeners' World
Alan Titchmarsh reminisces about Gardeners’ World

Nigel, Nell and other four-legged friends

In this clip, Monty relates how Nigel came to be such an integral and cherished part of Gardeners’ World and answers the question ‘How does it feel to be upstaged by your pets?’

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Monty Don recounting how his dogs became involved in Gardeners' World
Monty Don recounting how his dogs became involved in Gardeners’ World

Early memories of Gardeners’ World

Watch now to discover Alan and Monty’s earliest memories of Gardeners’ World on TV and to find out how they view the responsibility of being ‘the nation’s head gardener’.

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Shooting Alan and Monty for the celebratory front cover
Shooting Alan and Monty for the celebratory front cover

Subscriber Club exclusive: part one

In the first of two exclusive, subscriber-only videos, Monty and Alan reflect on their experiences of Gardeners’ World and what the programme means to them. (Eight minutes)

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Alan and Monty chatting together about their time at Gardeners' World
Alan and Monty chatting together about their time at Gardeners’ World

Subscriber Club exclusive: part two

In our second Subscriber Club exclusive, Monty and Alan discuss how Gardeners’ World has reflected changes in our gardening habits, from Percy Thrower’s time to the present day. (Three minutes)

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Alan and Monty chatting together about gardening over the decades
Alan and Monty chatting together about gardening over the decades

Test your knowledge of Gardeners’ World

Test your knowledge of this unique TV institution, in our online Gardeners’ World Jubilee Quiz.

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Gardeners' World Jubilee Quiz
Gardeners’ World Jubilee Quiz

Lucy Hall says:

Our 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition offers a definitive history of the show with a timeline through each decade, top trends, memories from our presenters and tales from behind the scenes. It’s been great fun to produce – and makes the perfect complement to the programme.

Lucy Hall