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Monty Don is a well-known garden writer and broadcaster. In 2011, he returned to the BBC’s flagship gardening programme Gardeners’ World, which he presents for the first time from his garden in Herefordshire. He was born in Germany, brought up in Hampshire and graduated from Cambridge in 1979. He explored various working roles but since 1988 has worked full-time as a gardening author, journalist and broadcaster.
His television career began on This Morning (Granada) and continued with Channel 4’s Real Gardens, Fork to Fork, Lost Garden and Dom Roaming. He also presented Around the World in 80 Gardens and Gardeners’ World from 2003 to 2008. Away from gardening he has presented Tomorrow’s World, Painting Flowers and filmed around 70 items for Holiday, Summer Holiday and Holidays Out (all BBC).
He has enjoyed presenting RHS shows from Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park for Channel 4. Guest appearances include a University Challenge Celebrity Christmas Special and the ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are?.
Monty is a renowned gardening writer: he wrote for The Observer (1994-2006), writes a column for the Daily Mail (since 2004), writes for Gardeners’ World magazine and for Amateur Gardening. Since the publication of his first book, The Prickotty Bush, in 1990 he has written another 15.
Alongside his television and writing work, he has appeared seven times at Hay Literary Festival, as both speaker and interviewer. He has also spoken at Edinburgh Literary Festival, the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and Dartington ‘Way With Words’.
Monty actively supports and is dedicated to the charities Thrive, which specialises in providing gardening opportunities to people with a range of mental health problems, and The Soil Association.
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