`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.