‘You want more?’ Monty Don mocks Gardeners’ World viewer over ongoing absence from show

Monty Don reveals ‘biggest change’ to jewel garden

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Monty Don, 65, has addressed a Gardeners’ World viewer who suggested he “do more” filming in his own garden after he announced he had been absent from the show due to filming a new series abroad. The seasoned gardener shared he had been working on location in Italy, Greece and Croatia, but would be returning to film in his garden this week.

On Friday he typed on Twitter: “Away from GW tonight  (and next week) because have been filming new series in Italy, Greece and Croatia. 

“Back now and resume filming in the garden as normal next week.”

One of his followers typed back: “You need to do more in your own garden Monty. 

“There is a lot of people or gardeners who learn alot from you being in your own garden. I do.” (sic)

Monty fired back: “We do 25 hour long shows a year from my garden and you want more? But so much to learn from gardens around the world.”

While others were glad he was back safe and sound from his travels as they anticipated new episodes.

A second typed: “Looking forward to your programmes. I particularly enjoyed the series on American gardens as they have a climate that far exceeds ours and that results in an incredible diversity of plants and designs.”

While a third remarked: ‘Okay. Your absence is forgiven. I hope it felt great to get back to a new normal. Also hope to hear about your experience of post pandemic travel. Looking forward to welcoming you back to our tellies.”

Towards the end of the programme two weeks ago, Monty broke the news to fans he would be taking some time away from the show.

The gardener said: “Well that’s it for today. 

“And I’m away for a couple of weeks.” 

Monty went on to reassure fans that Gardeners’ World would return despite his absence.

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He revealed that his co-star Adam Frost would be replacing him and fronting the show from his garden.

Monty continued: “But Gardeners’ World, of course, will still be with you and in Adam’s garden.

“And I’ll be back here at Longmeadow in a few weeks time.

“So until then, bye-bye,” the TV star smiled.

Monty didn’t explain at the time why he would be taking time away from the show.

However previously the green-fingered presenter took a break from the show and said he would be focusing on a project he was forced to postpone during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Twitter he told fans about his next move, revealing he will be recording his audiobook after it had been delayed for a year.

He said: “Having been delayed by a year due to Covid I am off today (and for the next four days) to a studio to read ‘My Garden World’ as an audiobook.”

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