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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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,372 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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44 of 46 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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20 of 21 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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13 of 14 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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25 of 28 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and down-to-earth gardening advice 25 May 2012
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As a confirmed fan of Monty Don this latest book was a must-have. He is a practical gardener ( like the late Geoff Hamilton) and you know that what he says re gardening, planting,dealing with pests and other problems will work, because he has been there, done that and learned through his own experience. As he takes you through the gardening year, with lovely illustrations as a bonus, you cannot help but be enthused and want to get going in your own patch. Buy it, --it's worth every penny !!
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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 A good read for gardeners 20 Oct 2013
By JEH
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A great read for amateur gardeners who, like me, make mistakes and wonder what's gone wrong. Good to know that Monty, too, can get it wrong at times, and isn't ashamed to admit it. This book is written by a man who brings his own delight in gardening, gardens, the natural world, and his beloved Longmeadow on to the printed page. Dip into it rather than trying to get from cover to cover, and keep it handy as the seasons change. Some marvellous photos, good advice, tips galore, and enough information to share with like-minded enthusiasts.
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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 1 month 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 1 month 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 4 months ago by R L GREENER
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice in relaxed style
Gives round the year guidance for a novice gardener. Easy to follow. Helps that it is set in the context of a real place. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Monty
I bought this book as a birthday present. It was very much appreciated. I will watch out for other Monty Fon publications.
Published 8 months ago by opensoeasy
5.0 out of 5 stars A*****
I would strongly recommend this title.
Rated. An in depth read for enquiring minds
I give it the highest accolade.
Published 8 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book for gardening enthusiasts!
This book is beautifully presented, an easy read as well as guiding one into the magical and rewarding world of gardening.
Published 8 months ago by Eileen Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, nice price...
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amanda Hollyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
An excellent book that gives a good guide to growing plants as Monty does at Long Meadow.
Very good photographs.
Published 11 months ago by Philip
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As I had brought this for a friend she told me that the book was excellant so from her point of view a good buy
Published 12 months ago by Mrs C A Widdowson
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