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Photos and feedback – Meet Monty in Italy

Italian gardens tour with hosts Monty Don and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's Editor, Lucy Hall

We invited readers on a special holiday to Italy, with hosts Monty Don and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editor, Lucy Hall, to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary in 2016. Here are a selection of photographs from the trip, and some thoughts from the guests…

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Gardens of Ninfa

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Monty in the Gardens of Ninfa
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Ninfa River

“Just to say how much we enjoyed the trip. I do hope you will consider another similar event in the future and thank you for making the experience so enjoyable.”
Cindy Edmonston

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Medieval village ruins at Ninfa

“Just wanted to say thank you to all involved with the ‘Meet Monty in Italy’ holiday. It was a fabulous few days. The attention to detail in organising the holiday was superb. The gardens were the stars as I had hoped, and the time spent in central Rome a lovely bonus. Looking forward to more Gardeners’ World holidays, we had a great time. We gardeners are lovely people!”
Helen Hunter

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the 25th anniversary holiday last week – thanks so much for organising it. It was such a varied and interesting programme you laid on, which was then very well executed”
Rosemary Mason


Meeting Monty

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A talk from Monty

“May I say a huge thank you to you [Lucy Hall] and all the team for the wonderful trip to the gardens of Rome last week. It was absolutely super – the visits, especially Ninfa, the hotel, travel arrangements – just great. All the other members of the group were so friendly and like minded, and I made a couple of really good friends. Highlights, of course, were meeting you and Monty – my daughter is green with envy! Seriously, it was the best tour I’ve ever been on.”
Kirsty Swinburn

“I had such a wonderful time on the trip-and to visit Ninfa with Monty was beyond my wildest dreams! The whole holiday was so brilliantly organised-thank you so much.”
Katherine Adams

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Monty Don with guest

See more of our guests’ images of this trip on our Pinterest page – Tour of Italian gardens with Monty Don.

Read a great write-up of this holiday – Meeting Monty Don in the world’s most romantic garden – on spectator.co.uk, by Felicity Lloyd.

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Thank you to Kirsty Swinburn for providing some of the photos from the trip.