Monty Don is a real gardening inspiration for me. I’ve watched him present Gardeners’ World for many years now, and seeing him at work in his amazing garden never fails to give me new ideas and enthusiasm for our own plot. I love the way his passion for gardening is so obvious, and his knack for sharing his extensive knowledge and experience in a way that always feels accessible, even to the most amateur gardener.
So, as you can imagine, I was absolutely thrilled to be offered his new book, Down to Earth, to review and give away. I’ve got three copies up for grabs; it really is a brilliant book for anyone interested in gardening, read on to find out how to be in with the chance of winning one!
In Down to Earth, Monty Don shares the wealth of gardening knowledge he has built up over the years. The book is broken up into chapters that deal with things like design, colour, seasons, weeds, pests and growing your own. Each of these chapters is written very much in the style that Monty uses when he presents; when you read them, it feels like you’re sitting there having a chat with him. Underpinning all of the knowledge and advice is Monty’s belief that gardening promotes mental and spiritual wellbeing; there are regular references to these less tangible benefits, as well as plenty of anecdotes from his own personal experience of the transformative powers of gardening.
There’s also a whole section of the book dedicated to the gardening year, with jobs to do each month. If you watch Gardeners’ World, it’s a bit like the Jobs for the weekend feature, and as such it’s a really useful reference to help shape your gardening to do list.
To give you a taster of the book, here’s what Monty has to say on the topic of garden design.
See what I mean about the conversational style? It really is a lovely book to read; it’s packed with practical advice, but not at all hard-going. The practically organised sections allow you to dip in and out if necessary, and no matter what size your garden, there’s plenty of relevant information and advice. There is also a wealth of lovely photographs from Monty’s garden at Longmeadow to enjoy (the image below is from the book), many of which reveal the garden in a way that you don’t really see on TV.
Down to Earth is certainly a gardening book that I’ll come back to again and again, I also think it would make a great gift for anyone interested in improving their gardening knowledge. What aspect of gardening would you be looking for Monty’s advice on first?
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Dorling Kindersley provided the books for review and prize purposes. All opinions and comments are honest and genuine.