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Does anyone else think that there are now too many 'special reports' on Gardeners World these days? Don't get me wrong, I love the programme and never miss it, but sometimes there are so many special features, that we're only at Longmeadow with Monty for a few minutes. I prefer to being 'taught' by Monty for the vast majority of the time, with perhaps just a couple of features of garden visits/interviews per programme. Also, is anyone else wondering when we're going to see progress on Monty's paradise garden? Actually, I haven't seen all of yesterday's programme yet, so maybe we see it then...? 


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,502
    I disagree, I would prefer to see less of Monty's garden and enjoy many of the other features. But that may be due to the fact that I'm not that interested in growing to eat and don't share his taste in planting style. But, this is Monty's garden, and I think the time spent in his garden is just about right.

    The other features appeal to me more because I like to see what other people around the country are up to. A mixture of specialist growers and restoration coverage is mostly uplifting and inspiring. That might be due to the fact that I'm practically an arm-chair gardener and like seeing variety rather than one garden. 

    As for the paradise garden, yes I would like to see some progress but suspect many of the early bits will be heavy building work. Interesting you say you prefer to be taught by Monty. I was lucky enough to listen to Carol Klein speak for 45 minutes in Hampton Court recently. It was an emotional speech, and I found she was far more interesting to listen to, and her relaxed manner and passion made learning so much more natural and believable. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,037
    Don’t know, I went off the programme when it went to an hour, as you say, too much ‘other stuff’.  If I want to visit other gardens, I can do that.  Maybe some people cN5 though, so it would be good for them.   Do they still do a weather forecast, and have they told us anything different. 
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,599
    I'm with Borderline. There's only so much of MD pushing a wheelbarrow whilst being followed by dogs, dogs dozing , dogs with balls, more dogs dozing, dogs looking bored and more dogs dozing I can take.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 25,798
    I find these days what I mostly learn from Monty is how and what NOT to do.  His taste differs from mine, his garden soil and climate are very different and he makes too many irritating mistakes I recognise so heaven help what else he does that I don't know about.   

    The visits and specials show us other gardens, other gardeners and their style and methods, other situations and possibilities that we can adapt and we get to see an overall effect too.  In Monty's garden we see him plonk stuff in but don't get to see the whole border so have no idea if it's good/bad/indifferent.

    As for the paradise garden, surely seeing the structural development would be instructive for anyone who wants to have a go, tho if they've any sense, they'll do their own research starting with GH's book and DVD on the subject.
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    edited July 2018
    I'd like less of Adam and his long meadow copycat garden
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,599
    Bijdezee said:
    I'd like less of Adam and his long meadow copycat garden
    Given Adam has a string of RHS Gold medals for show gardens and MD has ,erm...... none, I really don't see how you can say he's copying Longmeadow. Clearly he isn't.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    I agree to much of visiting different places I don't mind showing one visit but this week there was to much  I watch gardeners world to see the program garden and the running of it. 
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,257
    I still miss Geoff Hamilton 
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 8,104
    I see next week there is an interview with Prince Charles. With respect I am sure that there are many other gardeners who could be given air time - Carol Klein's interview with Beth Chatto comes to mind. Someone who gets their hands dirty and can relate to what we lesser mortals have to deal with. 
  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    I would prefer fewer presenters, tbh.  I like seeing what Monty's doing and I like Carol and Adam.  And the woman who does the small city gardens, she's good.  The rest I can do without.  I usually Ffd through their bits.  
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