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.