Monty Don on why Dieramas are not planted at Longmeadow
Monty Don is a British horticulturist, broadcaster, and writer best known for presenting the hit BBC gardening series Gardeners’ World.
The 67-year-old replaced Alan Titchmarsh as the lead presenter in 2003. However, he started his TV career in 1989 on ITV’s This Morning where he had a gardening segment.
Monty was born in Iserlohn, West Germany but grew up in Hampshire where he attended several schools.
Monty shares Longmeadow with his wife Sarah Erskine, who is a trained jeweller and architect. The couple’s three children Adam, Tom and Freya also lived with them until they flew the nest.
The couple also have two dogs who sometimes feature on Gardeners’ World – a Golden Retrievers called Ned and a Yorkshire terrier called Patti.
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Monty has lived in his spectacular home for more than 30 years which is located in the small village of Ivington in Herefordshire, just a five-minute drive from the market town of Leominster.
Monty bought the house in 1991 when the garden was just an abandoned two-acre field filled with grass, nettles and brambles.
Now, the property includes an impressive greenhouse where Monty grows crops and flowers, a vegetable patch, The Cottage Garden, The Jewel Garden and The Paradise Garden.
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The home itself is Tudor and includes four bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and 10 different workrooms and studios.
When Monty bought the property, it was a “ruin” and had no roof, electricity, running water or toilets. It took him and wife Sarah 10 years to finish the building work.
The home also has a wooden summerhouse which includes a table and chairs set and a small heater.
The market town of Leominster in Herefordshire is located 12 miles from Hereford and seven miles from Ludlow in Shropshire.
The town is surrounded by breathtaking views, historic sites, beautiful gardens and incredible architecture.
So it comes as no surprise that sold prices in the local area are well above the UK average.
According to property website Zoopla, the average sold price for a property in the small village of Ivington in the last 12 months is £680,000.
Meanwhile, properties in Leominster had an overall average price of £246,046 over the last year, according to the UK’s largest property portal Rightmove.
Monty’s love for his pets
Monty’s love for his dogs is well known and the gardening guru was left heartbroken recently after the death of Nellie.
The Golden Retriever had been diagnosed with cancer just a month ago and Monty gave the sad news she had lost her fight to the illness.
Taking to Instagram, the BBC host said her end was “peaceful and dignified” and he posted a sweet video of his remaining retriever Ned, showing the dog racing back and forth.
Nellie has been buried next to her brother Nigel, who died three years ago.
The pair were big fan favourites because of their cameos on Gardeners’ World.
Speaking about the loss of Nellie, Monty said: “She used to have a particular bark when she was excited about getting food.
“We used to call her ‘woo woo’, and she had a sort of particular ‘woo woo’ bark and those little things.”
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