The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT -

Eru­dite gar­den­ing writer and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Monty Don (pic­tured) is a huge star in Bri­tain where, as he points out, gar­den­ing is part of the “very warp and weft” of the cul­ture.

Aus­tralians will know him for his se­ries on French and Ital­ian gar­dens and the hugely en­joy­able Around the World in 80 Gar­dens.

So it’s a real coup for Botan­ica to have him on board to dis­cuss his own gar­den, Long­meadow in Here­ford­shire.

Over 90 min­utes, pas­sen­gers en­joy a won­der­fully frank in­sight into the evo­lu­tion of this fa­mous gar­den, fea­tured al­most ev­ery week on BBC’s Gar­den­ers’ World; we see pho­tos of the es­tate 30 years ago when it was a bare field and the dev­as­ta­tion wrought by box blight, two words to strike ter­ror into the heart of ev­ery Bri­tish gar­dener.

Don is film­ing a se­ries on Is­lamic gar­dens in­clud­ing the Mughal gar­dens of In­dia. On his wish list? The Amer­i­cas, par­tic­u­larly South Amer­ica. He likes the un­con­ven­tional, quirky and ec­cen­tric.

“In gar­dens, good taste is the en­emy of cre­ativ­ity,” he says. A no­tion to give heart to us bud­ding green thumbs wing­ing our way home to Aus­tralia.


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