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Monty Don at LongmeadowLessons from Longmeadow with Monty Don – 25 years of growing a garden

Monty Don will demonstrate how his famous garden at Longmeadow has evolved for both good and bad. He will also recount the really important lessons he has learned from this long, intimate process of making a garden over the past twenty five years. The Carlow Garden Trail is delighted to welcome back Monty Don to the Carlow Garden Festival. This is a great opportunity to hear the UK’s best loved gardening broadcaster and author, in the award winning Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven.

Enjoy late shopping in Arboretum until 10 p.m. Two course buffet meal with tea/coffee in Rachel’s Garden Cafe €16.95 5 – 7 p.m.
Choice of three entrees and choice from the dessert counter
Pre-booking necessary t: 059-9721558 or email:

No pre-allocation of seats. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis on July 21st. Seating area open from 6 p.m. Warm clothing is recommended for this evening event.

Ticket price: €25, available from or Carlow Tourism 059-9130411

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Old Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
t: 059-9721558

Monty Don

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Monty is a renowned writer and television presenter and the UK’s favourite Gardener.

Monty was born in 1955, brought up in Hampshire where he gardened from a young age, and educated at a variety of schools and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. From the early 1980’s Monty and his wife Sarah set up and ran a jewellery business which enjoyed a great flurry of success in the mid eighties but folded in 1990 just as Monty’s television and writing career was taking off.   But he says “I learned much more from the failure of our business than I did from its success”.

Monty first appeared on television in 1989 on This Morning and continued as their regular gardening  expert for 8 years and has now presented gardening and travel programmes for over twenty years.  He became the lead presenter for the BBC flagship programme Gardeners’ World between 2003 and 2008 and then again from 2011 when Monty began hosting Gardeners’ World from his home Longmeadow in Herefordshire.  He is also the main presenter for the Chelsea Flower Show coverage for BBC2.

Fuschia weekend MagazineHis other TV credits include, Tomorrow’s WorldFork to ForkReal GardensLost Gardens, Around The World In 80 Gardens, Growing Out Of Trouble, My Dream Farm and Mastercrafts and Real Crafts.  Monty presented a series on Italian Gardens on BBC2 which was followed by another on French Gardens and more recently The Secret History of the British Garden.  Monty has also recently completed series 3 of Big Dreams Small Spaces for the BBC.

He is a prolific journalist and was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006 and now writes a regular column for the Daily Mail and Gardeners’ World Magazine.  He has written over 20 books including the best selling Fork to Fork, The Sensuous Garden, The Jewel Garden (with Sarah Don), The Complete Gardener and The Road to Le Tholonet.   His most recent book is Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.

Monty is a committed organic gardener and was for many years the President of the Soil Association. He has worked with schools, and groups of drug addicts to build respect and reward from working with the natural world and has a strong belief in the importance of communities working together through an understanding and love of the land.

The real importance of gardening is the empowerment that it gives people, however small or seemingly insignificant their gardens might be.  It is surprising how liberating it is, if you can grow anything at all – and there is as much pleasure in a snowdrop as in a successful career.
– Monty Don

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven

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Commitment to excellence in customer service, high quality products, unbeatable choice and value for money has earned the Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven the coveted title of National Company of the Year 2016 by Retail Excellence Ireland.

This family run business is a complete shopping experience with a five star award-winning garden centre plus interior furnishings, a kitchen store, fashion outlet, pet zone and home to the award-winning Rachel’s Garden Cafe. The Arboretum has also attracted other well-known brands to the centre joining forces with the Edinburgh Woollen Mills and ISE Garden and Forest Equipment which adds to its offering. An entire day can be devoted to just visiting the Arboretum so take some time out and relax with friends and family in the famous Rachel’s Garden Cafe and treat yourself to some of its signature dishes made with the very best local Irish produce. The delicious tempting desserts are all made on the premises and customers’ special dietary needs are catered for with gluten, sugar or dairy free options.

FACILITIES: Large on-site car and coach park, wheelchair accessible, café with wine licence, indoor and outdoor children’s play area, maze, Arboretum Inspirational Gardens, toilets, free wi-fi

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