TV gardener Monty Don, 62, is ‘surprised’ over OBE

TV gardener Monty Don, 62, is ‘surprised’ over OBE but says it’s great for horticulturist community

  • Monty Don has been made an OBE after encouraging millions to grow their own 
  • The presenter was recognised for services to horticulture and broadcasting
  • The 62-year-old said he was surprised and it was great for gardening community

He has encouraged millions to grow their own and compost their way to a glorious garden, and now Monty Don has been made an OBE.

The Gardeners’ World presenter and long-term contributor to the Daily Mail has been recognised for his services to horticulture, broadcasting and charity.

The 62-year-old only moved into writing and broadcasting in the depths of depression resulting from the collapse of his costume jewellery business in the early 1990s.

Monty Don has been made an OBE. The Gardeners’ World presenter and contributor to the Daily Mail has been recognised for his services to horticulture, broadcasting and charity

The father of three told the Mail last night: ‘It was a surprise, it literally hadn’t crossed my mind… It is great for the whole gardening community. It’s such a key part of British life.

‘At my lowest point I would have been glad to know life has its ups as well as its downs.  

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The father of three told the Mail last night: ‘It was a surprise, it literally hadn’t crossed my mind… It is great for the whole gardening community. It’s such a key part of British life’

‘When things hit their lowest ebb all you can do is to put your head down and work. 

‘But I’ve just tried to do my job well and look after my family.’

Mr Mon’s first lead presenter role was at Channel 4 with Don Roaming, but it was at the BBC that Don made his name succeeding Alan Titchmarsh on Gardener’s World in 2003.  

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