Monty Don announces he will likely give up the ‘remorseless treadmill of Gardener’s World’ as he approaches his seventies – but will still write and present travel shows
- The presenter said that he would have to ‘give something up’ for other projects
BBC’s Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don has announced that he will likely give up the ‘remorseless treadmill’ of the hit show as he approaches his seventies.
The presenter, who has hosted the show beloved by green-fingered amateur-gardeners across the nation since 2003, said that he is considering bowing out to pursue other other such as writing and presenting travel shows.
The 68-year-old grandfather-of-three said that he will be turning 70 in two years time, and to avoid ‘scrabbling’, and to have the to energy pursue other projects, he would have to ‘give something up’.
The presenter told Time Radio: ‘I’m not prepared to give up writing, and I really enjoy the travel stuff I do. So therefore the logical thing to give up is Gardeners’ World’.
Don said that he liked making television programmes and writing books, but described working on Gardeners’ World a ‘remorseless treadmill’
The presenter suffered a minor stroke that forced him to step down from presenting BBC2’s Gardeners’ World in 2008, and told the Mail that he didn’t want to be known as ‘the man who was ill’.
Back in 2011, he told the Mail: ‘I don’t work so hard now, and when I do things I do them on my terms. Psychologically, I’ve tried to put it behind me but, yes, I became very aware of my mortality and that was very real.
‘You suddenly realise, ‘I’m going to die. It’s actually going to happen, and it might be today.’ I felt that very consciously for a couple of months, but then you have to say, ‘Actually, it’s not been today or yesterday.’ You’ve got to push it away.’
In an interview with The Guardian, Don said that he would leave Gardeners’ World ‘in the next five years’.
He added: ‘I would like to think the next Gardeners’ World presenter ideally would be female, would represent either singly, or in multiplicity, the diversity in this country, that has at least some urban context.’
The presenter suffered a minor stroke that forced him to step down from presenting BBC2’s Gardeners’ World in 2008
The presenter told Time Radio: ‘I’m not prepared to give up writing, and I really enjoy the travel stuff I do. So therefore the logical thing to give up is Gardeners’ World’
Last month, Don revealed his beloved dog Nell has died of cancer – three years after losing Golden Retriever Nigel
Don’s latest book, The Gardening Book, (BBC Books, £28) is aimed at a generation of gardeners who have has less access to a garden
Last month, Don revealed his beloved dog Nell has died of cancer – three years after losing Golden Retriever Nigel.
The famed horticulturist, 68, took to social media to share the tragic news, which came four months after his companion was diagnosed with the disease.
Don, who is known for his love of dogs and regularly inviting his furry friends to share screen time with him, shared the sad news with his one million Instagram followers on Saturday, and thanked them for their support in a follow-up post.
Don’s latest book, The Gardening Book, (BBC Books, £28) is aimed at a generation of gardeners who have has less access to a garden, giving advise on how people can continue to grow plants in smaller spaces, utilising window boxes and pots in a shared house.
How Monty Don inspired us to get green-fingered
Following his success writing several gardening articles, including a gardening column in the Mail on Sunday, Don first brought his green-fingered wisdom and dulcet tones to our television screens in a gardening segment on ITVs Good Morning show.
Building on his success and the public’s growing adoration for the presenter, he began presenting BBC’s Holiday and Tomorrow’s World programmes.
By 1999, Don and his wife of 40 years presented a programme on Channel 4, called Fork to Fork, in which they shared their tips on growing your own vegetables.
In 2002, Don took over from Alan Titchmarsh, to present BBC’s Gardeners’ World in Berryfields, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six years later, after suffering a minor stroke in 2008, Don had a temporary set back where he was forced to step down from his role, which was filled by Toby Buckland.
He returned three years later in 2011 to take back the reigns of the show, but this time presenting from his own garden, Longmeadow, in Herefordshire. He would be joined by his Golden Retriever Nigel, who tragically died in 2020.
Viewers were then introduced to his new golden retriever, Nell, and shortly after, Patti, a Yorkshire Terrier. Sadly Nell passed away in October this year after battling cancer – three years after the death of Nigel.
Don has published several books including a joint autobiography with his wife, The Jewel Garden: A Story of Despair and Redemption and more recently, The Gardening Book, (BBC Books, £28) which is aimed at a generation of gardeners who have has less access to a garden.
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