But for the last two years it has not been the same – as many people have agreed. I don’t mind the presenters – they’re all very knowledgeable. Alys Fowler, indeed, is one of my gardening heroes. I can’t wait until (if!) she has another series – ‘The Edible Garden’ was so good I watched each episode about three times. But it was the format and content of the ‘new-style’ Gardeners’ World I (and others) objected to. We don’t want garden design and brand new plots, we want to know what to do at the weekend in our established gardens.
But now they’ve got Monty Don back at the helm of Gardeners’ World. I think that Monty Don is a fantastic writer and an awesome gardener, and – joy of joys – they’re filming him in his own garden. What a beautiful place! We can watch him carrying out the tasks he would normally do in his own space, rather than a studio garden. These tasks are not thought up for the camera: they’re the jobs that are necessary to keep the garden flourishing.
Now I can snuggle up on Friday night and again be inspired to really get my hands dirty in my own garden come Saturday morning. I don’t watch tv on a regular basis, but I will make an exception for a show that will hopefully be as comforting as I remember it from my childhood, and as useful as I wish it to be now.