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The Ivington Diaries Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880249X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408802496
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 4.5 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monty Don is the main presenter of BBC-TV's Gardener's World. He is one of the UK's most respected gardeners and gardening writers. He has been gardening correspondent for the Observer since 1994 and is at the forefront of the environmental and organic gardening debate.

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`Finely written and hugely loveable ... it deserves to become a gardening classic ... The book itself is deeply covetable, with its heavy, creamy paper and its splendid efflorescence of colour images' --Sunday Times

`The month-by-month record of his work in the tow-acre Herefordshire garden that he and his wife, Sarah, created from 1992 is a story of pleaching, pruning and striving. Hundreds of photos - taken by 54 - year old Monty on teacup-in-hand, early morning walks - show prize blooms, straight lines, immaculate topiary ... his thoughtful and elegantly expressed love letter to the garden his is rethinking, almost unmaking.' --Cassandra Jardine, Daily Telegraph

'Finely written and hugely loveable garden journal... It is thoughtful, kindly, moving... It is obvious from the moment you taste his sensual and intelligent prose ... for Monty (after reading this intimate book, it seems absurd to call him Don) gardening is not about growing flowers, still less selling them. It is about the love of soil and of place - and one place in particular: his garden at Ivington in Herefordshire ... a creative edit of 10 years' worth of Monty's garden diaries.'
--James McConnachie, Sunday Times

`I have been trying to read Monty Don's The Ivington Diaries in short daily segments, so that his beautifully written story of his astonishing Herefordshire garden will last all year. I cannot bear to think I will come to the end' --Nigel Slater, Observer Books of the Year

'Monty Don writes like an angel ... For Don, the garden - and more importantly, gardening - is more than a hobby, more than a consolation, in fact, something akin to redemption ... many and various gardening moods finely expressed in these handsome pages' -- Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Monty Don is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners. He wrote a weekly column for the Observer between 1994 and 2006, earning him a devoted readership, and he was the charismatic presenter of BBC Gardener's World from 2003 to 2008. He lives and gardens in Herefordshire with his wife Sarah, with whom he wrote The Jewel Garden, and their three children.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark N. Bolton on 12 Jan. 2011
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Purchased a couple of copies of this to give as presents (including to my wife, so I read her copy). A nicely produced book in hardback, on quality cream paper and with plenty of artistic colour photos throughout. In diary format, but with entries from several years for each month (so covers both the creation of the garden and its subsequent development through to maturity).

Very easy to dip in and out of, with lots of advice and inspiration for anyone creating or developing a garden embedded in the entries. This is not, however, a traditional gardening manual/book; while the advice and inspiration is there to be found, this is a book to read on evenings and days when the weather is not suitable to be out in the garden. One of the people I gifted the book to commented that Monty's prose is rather florid - not a view I subscribe to - but if you a looking for a straight-talking manual this isn't it.

This is also very much about one family's relationship with their land and garden and how that relationship develops with the seasons and the years - quite personal - and as such why I titled this review as both "inspiring and realistic". We see a number of highs and lows through Monty's diary entries.

Would commend this to anyone looking for an inspiring *narrative* about gardens and gardening to dip in and out of. Also recommended for anyone with a good size plot, looking to create a garden from scratch. As I've commented above this is neither a how-to nor a garden design manual, but could be an interesting adjunct to either.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. willans on 17 Nov. 2009
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A welcome return from monty don following his mini stroke. Anyone who has followed monty's progress over the years is familiar with ivington, but this book takes you into the very depths of the garden, and makes you feel what its like to actually be there, not as a showpeice garden, but as a living, breathing, evolving entity, brought to life by monty's honest writing

long may you continue monty
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By T. Scott on 11 Oct. 2009
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A compilation of 'Best Of's' diary entries for Monty Don's 'new' garden (following on from The Hanburies), this is Monty at his best. It's pure passion for creating a garden; with all the problems and successes of gardening on a flood plane. It's a delightful read, difficult to put down. Illustrated with many of Don's own photos'. If you have any doubts - just buy. You won't be disappointed!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Chisholm on 2 Dec. 2009
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To my mind this is just about the most perfect fireside read not a gardening book but about Life in and around the garden. Monty's words are very earthy and honest, will make you laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. I love it and I hope you will too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Freckles VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2009
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This is a charming and informative book. The whole thing is written as a diary and the entries are insightful and sensitive to nature...like the man himself. If you miss Monty Don on Gardeners World...as I do...this should make up for it a little. A great pressie for the gardener in your life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mitre on 31 Dec. 2009
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The Ivington Diaries by Monty Don is the ideal gift for the garden enthusiast or, indeed, for any fan of Monty Don. It is well written. copiously illustrated and a pleasure to read through or just browse. It is the sort of book that you keep coming back to, whenever you need to check up on something at different times of the year. In short it is both a good read and a mine of information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Weston on 1 Jun. 2010
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I loved this book. Monty has written a love story - love for his garden and his family. Although you could dip in and out of this book I found I read from start to finish, slowing as I went because I did not wany to reach December! I am a passionate gardener but I imagine this could appeal to anyone who loves nature and the simpler things in life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kookaburra Kid on 7 Dec. 2010
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This book has the potential to be a boring to-do list of gardening jobs for each day of the year, or a navel gazing exercise of some chap whittering on about his garden. However, it manages to completely fail to fall into either of these traps, and is an entertaining, informative, enlightening, heart-warming piece of writing that can be dipped in and out of. Its like a big bowl of your favourite comfort food. If you haven't already, buy it.
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