HEREFORDSHIRE TV presenter Monty Don returns to screens tonight (Friday) with a new series from BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World.
Monty Don, who performs on the show from Longmeadow in Herefordshire, and the rest of the team share the best practical gardening tips, meet passionate plant lovers across the country and inspire with visits to some of Britain’s most remarkable gardens.
At Longmeadow, Don will embark on an exciting new project, planting perennial seeds and teaching a tree planting master class.
Meanwhile, Adam Frost visits a garden in Suffolk where an imaginative selection of evergreens creates structure and interest year-round, and Frances Tophill celebrates a national collection of cyclamen in a garden on the edge of Dartmoor.
At Exbury Gardens in Hampshire we meet the head gardener who shares his love of camellias and we visit an exceptional garden in Kent inspired by the famous borders at Great Dixter.
Viewers will also share what they have been doing in their gardens when the show airs on BBC Two at 8pm.
In January, Don said shows like his series Adriatic Gardens could be in jeopardy because the cost of a television license was frozen for two years.
The 66-year-old broadcaster, who presents BBC Two’s Gardener’s World from Longmeadow near Leominster, returned to screens in January with the series filmed in Europe.
The three-part series Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens followed Don along the coast, the sea that separates the Italian peninsula from the Balkans.
But with the cost of TV licenses, which help fund the BBC, frozen at £159 for two years, he said series like his could be at risk.
He said: “Although there is debate over the level and duration of the license fee, the government freeze will save payers the hefty sum of 15p a week in the coming year.”
“However, that means programs like Adriatic Gardens will be made much less likely.”
The BBC’s director-general warned that introducing a subscription-based alternative to the license fee risked creating a “commercial agenda” that would mean a significant change in the company’s production.