Monty Don admits beloved dog ‘doesn’t like’ being on Gardeners’ World: ‘Thinks it’s a pain

Gardener's World pay tribute to Monty's dog Nigel in 2020

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Best known for presenting BBC’s Gardeners’ World, expert Monty Don has an extensive knowledge on all things plants. With a stunning garden of his own, he is always on hand to share his wisdom with fans wanting to fix up their own outdoor space. He and dog Nellie are popular with viewers. However, the expert has revealed his dog isn’t a fan of appearing on television.

Speaking about his adorable pooch appearing alongside him in the new series of Gardeners’ World, Monty admitted Nellie “doesn’t like television much and thinks it’s a pain”.

He currently has four dogs: golden retriever Nellie; Yorkshire terrier Patti and two dachshunds – who never appear on TV.

Monty’s much-loved golden retriever Nigel died suddenly in May, a loss which was felt across the country.

He said Nigel appearing on camera was “magic” from the start.

“It became his job. When we’d go out filming at half-past seven in the morning he would always be ready, almost bags packed, and would work the camera,” he told Radio Times.

Monty admitted he was unprepared at the public’s grief over Nigel, adding that there was a “Diana-type sadness” that followed.

He said he still hopes that Nellie can being some of “the Nigel factor” to the show.

Monty continued: “I think decency probably sums it up more than anything else.

Monty Don on Gardener's World

“Something that’s good and honest and straight and true, in a world where Donald Trump can become president, and where good and decent people can die in pandemics.”

“Dogs can cut through that, and say no, some things are still just as straight as a die.”

Gardeners’ World is set to return to BBC Two with a new series this month, with Monty Don back in Longmeadow for the first time in four months.

The gardening expert has recently spoken out about some of the changes which have been made to his back garden over the years. 

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Monty was a guest writer in Gardeners’ World Magazine, where he looked back at the time spent growing and developing his garden with the help of the franchise. 

He told readers he and his wife Sarah bought the house and garden in the autumn of 1991, but because of building work on the property, planting didn’t start until April of 1993. 

“The garden as you see it now has evolved and there have been many changes over the last three decades,” Monty explained. 

“But the layout and the basic design is substantially the same now as the plans set out on my drawing board 30 years ago.” 

Monty and Sarah’s land started off as one vast space, but over time, the designated zones which were initially just drawings on a piece of paper, came to life. 

Now the series continues to bring in fans across the world, who have come to love the nature show.

Fans are looking forward to a new series and to catching up with the dogs.

Gardeners’ World 2020 is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now. 

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