Monty Don’s own garden takes ‘chi chi’ turn as he details new additions ‘I like them’

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Monty Don, 65, has uploaded a post onto his Instagram account showing off a recently purchased set of gorgeous khaki green benches. The Gardeners’ World described the new outdoor additions as being more “conventionally chi-chi” than is usual in his rustic style garden.

I like them

Monty Don

Monty wrote in view of his 815,000 followers: “A pair of new benches today – destined for the Jewel Garden and rather more conventionally chi-chi than is usual for us, but I like them.”

In the dictionary, chi-chi means to “attempt stylish elegance but achieve only an over-elaborate pretentiousness”.

However, it seems Monty’s followers had no protestations over his slight variation in taste as they flocked to the comment section.

Fans could not help but gush over the handcrafted wooden chairs arranged with a large terracotta pot between them.

One said: “I love the arrangement around the pot instead of a table.”

A second replied: “They look lovely. Chi chi suits you!!”

While a third commented: “Love the colour.”

A fourth wrote: “Very nice… where did you get them?”

Monty wrote his famed book The Jewel Garden about his beloved outdoor space at Longmeadow, the Tudor estate he and his wife Sarah Don share, just after they had lost their assets in the 1980s.

The famed gardener admitted the couple became “lambs to the slaughter” when their jewellery company went bankrupt in 1987.

Monty ended up surviving on dole money throughout the early 1990s after the stock market crash took all of their life’s savings.

He told “We were lambs to the slaughter and we lost everything, we lost our house, our business. We sold every stick of furniture we had.”

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Following the closure of the business, Monty published his first book The Jewel Garden in 2004.

The premise for the novel stemmed from the couple’s commercial failure and told the story of their early days living at Longmeadow.

In The Jewel Garden, Monty relived how he and Sarah had transformed the muddy fields around the Tudor farmhouse.

Monty also shared in-depth insights into how the outdoors saved him from the abyss of mental health struggles.

After losing all their money, Monty was forced to survive off Government benefits for a number of years, which has inspired his incredible work ethic since, including authoring books and fronting Gardeners’ World.

However, the star acknowledged that he is now in a privileged position these days, as he pointed out how many have lost work as a result of COVID-19.

He said: “No question, I am very lucky. I lost half my filming work this year but ­compared to most people I’ve had a very, very easy time of it.

“Most years I have another fulfilling ­project. Last year it was America [for the new book and accompanying documentary], before that, I went to Japan, India and Iraq and before that Morocco and Spain and Turkey. 

“This is the first time since 2011 that I haven’t had something else on the go that has taken me away.”

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