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Monty was twice expelled from school, and saw his first business (in jewellery) end in ruin. He’s suffered serious illness as well as financial disasters, but each time he’s emerged stronger and more determined. The Gardeners’ World frontman has never had a set career plan but he does have a remarkable story.
Monty Don is the UK’s leading horticulturalist, after taking over the mantle from Alan Titchmarsh as presenter of Gardener’s World.
Monty had already presented Channel 4’s Real Gardens and Lost Gardens, as well as live coverage from the Chelsea, Tatton Park and Hampton Court flower shows. He has also reported on environmental developments for Tomorrow’s World and, with his wife Sarah, produced a book and series about organic gardening and cooking, Fork to Fork.
As well as ‘pure’ garden programmes, Monty has thrown his energy into a farm-based series to help rehabilitate repeat offenders and drug addicts, Growing Out of Trouble.
Monty has published several books, including Sensuous Garden and Urban Jungle.
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