By Monty Don
Taken from Monty's Observer column, this is a decade in gardening, as recorded by the nation's head gardener
Monty Don, the face of British gardening, has written a weekly Observer column on his garden for the past ten years. Over time the columns have been a practical guide, a poetic record of the garden's changing seasons, and also a personal account of how the garden has kept his feet firmly planted on the ground through bad times and good. This is a collection of fifty of Monty's best columns, that will delight his readers and gardeners everywhere.
'Growing vegetables, herbs and fruit should be done in the same spirit as choosing your music or clothes: with a mix of precision and adventure.'
'Gardens are complex and messy and, as in life, there are few easy fixes.'
'One swallow may not make a summer but it damn sure made my day.'
'Planting trees is deeply satisfying and good for the soul, especially on a winter's day. What else can a human do that leans so far into the future.'
Monty is best known for his weekly column on the Observer, for presenting a number of prestigious series for Channel 4 and, most recently, as main presenter of BBC Gardeners' World. He lives and gardens in Herefordshire with his wife Sarah Don, with whom he wrote THE JEWEL GARDEN, and their children.
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05 Jun 2006
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Praise for THE JEWEL GARDEN:
Truly inspiring ... told with compelling honesty — Mail on Sunday on THE JEWEL GARDEN
Overwhelmingly honest, passionate, inspiring, with prose to die for. Like everything else Don does, this purports to be about gardens and gardening but is actually a meditation on family and love — Julie Myerson, Books of the Year, Independent