Gardeners' World: Monty Don advises on pruning lavender

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Monty Don has taken to Twitter to apologise to fans for not appearing locally during his autumn tour. The 67-year-old told his followers he is “fully booked” for the next two years so can’t change or add to plans as some had hoped.

The Gardeners’ World star will kick off his nationwide tour from tomorrow, starting in Oxford.

Other locations he’ll be visiting are; London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Liverpool.

Since announcing his tour, many have questioned why he wasn’t able to do a gig locally.

In view of his 293,000 followers, he explained: “To those of you disappointed that I shall not be appearing locally during my autumn tour, I apologise, but these things are planned ( by others) months in advance and depend upon the mutual availability of venues and myself.

“What was intended to be just 10 locations has been extended to 14 but that is it this year.

“Books to write, film trips to prepare and, squeezed in amongst it all, a life to be lived.

“However, there is always another day.”

In response to a fan who asked if he’d ever come to America, the gardener replied: “Not for a little while.

“Fully booked for next couple of years.”

Twitter user Miss DMU ranted that those who organise tours should consider those who live in rural areas.

She wrote: “We are fans & would love to see you in the flesh, it may not bring in profit but what it would do for us is unmeasurable in monetary value.

“From a huge fan in rural Aberdeenshire, we have a bookshop too.”

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Monty replied: “I am afraid this is one of the prices of living in the more rural parts of the country.

“Just travel costs alone make more remote areas prohibitive for almost all kinds of live events.”

In the shows, the presenter will be sharing his passion for gardens and how they play in human inspiration and wellbeing.

He will also detail anecdotes from his long and successful career and how he fell in love with nature.

The green-fingered host lives in a town called Leominster in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border.

He shares his home with his long-term wife Sarah Erskine, who he married in 1983, and their three dogs.

His pet pooches are regularly seen on his social media pages and at times on the show.

Gardeners’ World is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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