Monty Don is one of the nation’s favourite gardeners. For nearly twenty years, Monty has been lead presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, the beloved television programme which inspires this magazine.
Monty began his gardening career as a writer, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that he’s published several acclaimed books on the topic.
Some – The Jewel Garden, or Nigel – are perfect for curling up with a cup of tea. Others – Down to Earth, or The Complete Gardener – are practical advice for getting the most out of your garden. Japanese Gardens, American Gardens, and Paradise Gardens are all brilliant for travel inspiration and design ideas.
Whether you’re an experienced gardener wishing to reflect on your hobby, or a new gardener looking for a good place to begin, each book is a reflection of both Monty’s love of gardening and his minute knowledge of it.
All these books make great gardening gifts as well as helpful references and guides. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve curated a list of seven of Monty’s finest work from the past three decades.
If you’re looking for further book inspiration, take a look at our guide to gardening books. For more of Monty, listen as he discusses the health benefits of gardening on the BBC Gardeners’ World Podcast.
Seven Monty Don books for your reading list
Browse a selection of Monty Don’s books below:
The Complete Gardener by Monty Don
No garden is complete without proper attention and care for the environment. The Complete Gardener is a crucial guide to sustainable, nature-first gardening. Originally published in 2003, this book has recently been extensively updated and republished. What’s more, readers and subscribers to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine can enjoy up to 45% off.
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Price: £31.91, or £14.35
My Garden World by Monty Don
Our gardens are never just our own – they are also home to a range of diverse species. In this book, Monty leads us through a year of British nature. As the months progress, join Monty in a celebration of the changing seasons and the animals and plants who live alongside us.
Paperback Price: £8.36
Hardback Price: £11.62
American Gardens by Monty Don and Derry Moore
It’s hard to talk about America without considering its landscapes and how people have negotiated them. From Thomas Jefferson’s plantation at Monticello to the defiantly green Central Park, Monty explores America’s relationship to the land through its gardens. With photography from Derry Moore, discover how our cousins across the pond have gardened in a range of climates to a variety of ends.
Paradise Gardens by Monty Don and Derry Moore
Aided by the stunning photography of Derry Moore, Monty explores the form and function of Islamic gardens. Spanning the globe from the Alhambra to Agra, this book depicts some of the world’s most treasured testaments to faith and love, including the most famed Islamic garden of all, the garden of the Taj Mahal.
The Jewel Garden by Monty and Sarah Don
In this memoir, Monty and Sarah Don recount catastrophe and the redemption through a garden that grew from a quagmire. An intimate and deeply personal account of the healing power of nature.
Gardening at Longmeadow by Monty Don
In this book, Monty invites you into his famed garden at Longmeadow. Sharing insights into his own creative process, Monty presents the opportunity to implement some of his techniques and ideas into your own garden.