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Gardening at Longmeadow [Hardcover]

Monty Don
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15 Mar 2012

Monty Don made a triumphant return to our screens as presenter of Gardeners' World. A firm favourite with viewers, Monty's infectious enthusiasm for plants, attention to the finer details of gardening technique and easy charm have seen the ratings soar. Here Monty invites us into the garden at Longmeadow, to show us how he created this beautiful garden, and how we can do the same in our own.

Following the cycle of the seasons, Gardening at Longmeadow will introduce readers to the garden from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens.

Describing the magic of each area at different times of the year, Monty will explain the basics of what to do when and how to get the most from each plant. He'll talk through the essential techniques and more complex processes, accompanied by easy-to-follow, step-by-step photography.

Longmeadow is a gardeners' garden, but this will be a book for gardening enthusiasts of all skill levels who have been inspired by what they've seen, and who would like to achieve something similar for themselves.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849903786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849903783
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

How to create Monty Don's stunning Gardeners' World garden at Longmeadow - a must-read for anyone looking for fresh gardening ideas

About the Author

Monty Don is the lead presenter of Gardeners' World. He is a horticultural writer and speaker, Sunday Times bestselling author, and has presented several programmes on gardening and outdoor living, including Around the World in 80 Gardens and Italian Gardens, for which he wrote the accompanying books. He was The Observer's gardening columnist from 1994 to 2006. His books include The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden and The Ivington Diaries.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 26 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a gorgeous book. I got this after reading a balanced review on a gardening blog I read by "wellywoman".
I especially loved the photography. Its also quite a thick book so you do feel that you are getting your moneys worth (especially at the price that Amazon are selling it at)
If you like Monty or if you like looking and reading about gardening this is a good book to keep going back to.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening with an expert 12 May 2012
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I am a great fan of BBC Gardeners World so it was a natural urge to request Monty Don's "Gardening at Longmeadow" as a birthday present. On the TV programme, he is so easy to listen to with simple and distinct instructions and information and these attributes are very much carried into the book as it is just like listening to his easy, natural presentation. For example in the book he has a section on snails which are the bane of my gardening life and he not only talks about snails in general but also describes the different kinds of snails and how their habits differ so making it necessary to see what kind of snails one is trying to deal with and so choose the correct "attack" which is not necessarily synonymous with killing. A good read and an excellent reference book for the shelf.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good For Vegetable Growers 17 April 2012
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I loved his narrative, his enthusiasm, especially for those who grow vegetables. I would recommend this book to any general gardener.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I was given this book as a birthday present because it is a family joke that most of my gardening 'wisdom' is prefaced by "Monty says..." so, yes, I'm a fan and maybe that's why I was disappointed by this book, a lot of it felt eerily familiar. In short there is very little in this book that isn't covered in more depth in 'The Complete Gardener' or 'The Ivington Diaries'. Even between chapters there is a lot of repetition, the passages on peas are a good example.
I realise that this is partly due to the format, in which each chapter is based around a month so that you can dip in and out but it still seems a case of poor editing and/or a way to pad out the book.
The writing is full of Monty's usual infectious enthusiasm as he waxes lyrical about the joys (and frustrations) of gardening and is full of useful bits of advice. I find his books a useful counterpoint to the more formal advice laid down in RHS manuals and reading his books always gives me new ideas (albeit scaled down - we don't all have the luxury of a couple of acres and ample funds).
However, if you want tips on how to garden buy 'The Complete Gardener' it's an excellent reference book. If you want to read about the development of Longmeadow, buy 'The Ivington Diaries' - an inspiring account of how the Dons created and maintain their garden. This book just feels like a chance to cash in on the recent Gardeners' World series and offers nothing new, bar a few references to the poor weather of 2011.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening at Longmeadow - Monty Don 19 Jun 2012
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I bought this for my wife - an avid gardener and "Gardener's World" addict - but found Monty's gentle, flowing style has inspired me to not only read it....but to start gardening. An excellent book.....his enthusiasm and love of gardening shines through! Highly recommended......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, but... 22 Dec 2013
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This is a lovely book with some beautiful photography and as ever the delightful musings of Monty Don. However, I feel it is lacking depth in some respects and I felt myself yearning for detail and information. The book deals with his garden at Longmeadow and how he has built it up over the last couple of decades. The book is broken into 12 chapters, with each chapter dealing with one month of the year. It was nice to read Monty's thoughts on each month and their impact on the garden.

I feel that this book is more suited for the veteran gardener who can relate to the joy of gardening, one garden for 20 years +. As a relative new comer, I was hoping for a little more explanation on how he divided his garden into the Jewel Garden, Ornamental Veg Garden etc. and his reasons behind it.

Overall, if you like his style on Gardeners' World and are looking for a pleasant (not too technical) read about gardening, then I think you would enjoy this book. If you are looking for a more in-depth detail on gardening I would recommend his book 'The Complete Gardener'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, nice price... 18 July 2013
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I love Monty Don's chatty but punctiliously grammatical style; I learned so much from his garden joys and woes that I faced updating my garden with a balanced view that some thing will work and others just don't, in spite of nematodes, too much rain, too much sun and a relaxed view of my Devon garden that falls rather short of his Herefordshire one, with a few tweaks here and there... Oh, all right, I'll constantly be changing it, but that's part of the joy of having a garden. Thanks, Monty; I'll be coming back to this book again and again, seasonally and just through the excellent index.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mont Dons home patch 15 Nov 2012
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having watched the TV show was interested to know where,what and how, , great to read the book and get an idea of size and shapes he gardens, lots of interesting tips for the gardener, well worth the investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am only a quarter of the way through this ...
I am only a quarter of the way through this book, but I am finding it to be very readable and practical. I'm sure that I will gain much benefit from applying Monty's advice.
Published 27 days ago by Jennifer Ridall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT MAN
Published 1 month ago by Barry M. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Monty Dons easy style gets across his love of his garden and useful basic information fro the reader
Published 1 month ago by MRS H F PARRY
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book a lot very good how he explains ...
I like this book a lot very good how he explains different things I'm just a beginner in gardening but learned a lot from it already .
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Margaret Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and informative
Bought as a gift for my husband who has recently become very interested in gardening after a lifetime of just mowing the lawn and he is absolutely delighted with the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs E Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for gardeners!
I have a house in France, as well as Tasmania which requires 2 kinds of gardening. This book has so many hints and ideas for my garden in. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Unahob
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY INTERESTING BOOK.
I love Gardener's World and Monty in particular so I would have probably been pleased with just nice pictures but this book is so much more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TiDi
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
written in a nice relaxed fashion which makes it a great read and not just a reference book , if your a fan of monty don and his outlook on all things green this books a must have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greenman
4.0 out of 5 stars The book
A very good book that adds to the TV series and gives more information. A very good buy at the price
Published 6 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars another great monty don book
bought this also for my husband at Christmas. says there is masses of usefull info and a general good read
Published 9 months ago by R L GREENER
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