Journalism

Monty Don has been a freelance journalist for thirty years, writing for all the major national newspapers and many periodicals.

 

 
 

Radio

Please find below a selection of audio featuring Monty Don, some of which are still available online. Most are free to access, but please note that for some, you may need a subscription (or BBC licence fee) to listen.


2019


Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore discuss their latest book Japanese Gardens: A Journey on Hayplayer: Monty Don and Derry Moore, Japanese Gardens

Monty Don appears on BBC Radio 2 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

Monty Don appears on BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon


2018

Monty Don appears on BBC Radio 4: Tweet of the Day

Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore discuss their book, Paradise Gardens on HayPlayer: Monty Don and Derry Moore, Paradise Gardens

Monty Don appears on BBC Radio 2: Jo Whiley: Nation’s Favourites

Monty Don appears on BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo Drivetime

 

2017

Monty Don appears on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – BBC Radio 2: clip here

Hear Monty discussing why, as well as how, we garden on HayPlayer: Monty Don, Down to Earth

Monty explains how getting your hands dirty is good for your mental well-being for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live

Monty shows Sam Fenwick around his garden for BBC Radio 4: You and Yours


2016

Monty discusses Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs with Libby Purves and guests on BBC Radio 4: Midweek

Monty appears on BBC Radio 4: A Good Read

Monty appears on BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo Drivetime


2015

Discover Monty’s “Desert Island Books”, as he discusses his favourite works of literature with Peter Florence on HayPlayer: Monty Don, Eight Poems in a Garden

Monty interviews Mary McCartney on HayPlayer: At My Table – Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends

Monty shares his favourite pieces of classical music with Sarah Walker for BBC Radio 3: Essential Classics (UK only)


2013

Hear Monty discussing his adventures in France on HayPlayer: Monty Don, The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey

Monty interviews chef Lucy Boyd on HayPlayer: The Rose Gray tabletalk: Kitchen Memories

Monty visits the Courtauld Institute in London to look at Cezanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live


2012

Hear Monty talking about the cycle of the seasons at Longmeadow on HayPlayer: Monty Don, Gardening at Longmeadow

Monty Don, Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax discuss mental health on HayPlayer: Talking About It

Listen to Monty, Helen Browning, Joanna Blythman and guests on HayPlayer: Health, Beauty and Permanence: What is Farming For?

Monty joins an eminent panel discussing three of the key questions asked by the Hay Festival to celebrate their 25th anniversary, including “What did you last make with your hands?”, on HayPlayer: Hay 25: The Way We Live Now 6


2009

Monty takes part in a panel discussion about conservation and thriving during times of adversity, inspired by we can learn from gardening during WW2, on HayPlayer: An Environmental War Economy

Monty and Sarah Don discuss food from the ground to the table on HayPlayer: Monty and Sarah Don, Fork to Fork

Monty shares his Inheritance Tracks with BBC Radio 4


2008

Hear Monty discussing food production, climate change, and the organic movement with Sky News anchor Adam Boulton on HayPlayer: Monty Don and Patrick Holden

Monty discusses trees with Clive Anderson and Will Cohu on HayPlayer: Trust the Woodland


2007

Monty interviews Rosie Boycott on HayPlayer: Our Farm – A Year in the Life of a Smallholding


2006

Monty becomes a castaway for Sue Lawley on BBC Radio 4 as he chooses his Desert Island Discs


2005

The magical story of the Herefordshire garden built over the last decade from the ashes of a catastrophic failure on HayPlayer: Monty and Sarah Don, The Jewel Garden


2000

Monty and Sarah Don discuss their gardening and food philosophy on HayPlayer: Fork to Fork

 


 
 

 
 

In the press

 

Please click the links below to find articles which feature Monty Don, his books, his television programmes, and his work.


2019

The Telegraph interview by Alice Vincent - Inside the exquisite world of Japanese Gardens with Monty Don


2018

BBC news piece: Monty Don is awarded his O.B.E. in H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Country Life feature: Monty Don: My Favourite Painting

The Guardian interview by Rosanna Greenstreet: Monty Don: What makes me unhappy? Depression. Parties. Lack of sunlight.

The Sunday Times interview by Caroline Donald: Time and Space – Monty Don


2017

The Sunday Telegraph interview by Elizabeth Grice: Monty Don: ‘If I keel over in the garden at 80, I’ll be happy’

Saga Magazine interview with Tiffany Daneff: Getting down to earth with Monty Don


2016

The Spectator piece by Felicity Lloyd: Meeting Monty Don in the world’s most romantic garden


2009

The Guardian interview by Kate Kellaway: Monty Don

The Independent interview by Charlotte Philby: My Secret Life, Monty Don