• My Garden World

  • The Natural Year
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a very early age, I loved the countryside as much as any garden and was fascinated by the life that I saw all around me from trees, wildflowers, birds, insects and mammals. In a sense, this book has been over 60 years in gestation. I have kept notebooks and journals ever since I could write, and I have drawn upon these as well as the events of the past year.

A year at home in the country with Monty Don - the UK's favourite gardener, dog owner, writer and broadcaster - on a personal journey through the natural year, season by season, month by month.

My Garden World by Monty Don is a celebration of every living creature that we all share. This year has given us the enforced opportunity to learn more about the fascinating natural world around us. Whether you live in the countryside or the town, Monty's observations and insights are relevant to each and every one of us. My Garden World is Monty Don's personal journey through the natural year, month by month, season by season, observed from the immediate world around him. 

Wildlife is not something that we watch happening in remote and exotic parts of the world on our screens, but right here in our own back yards, and the more that we encourage it and learn to live with it, the more rewarding it becomes. If, in our own modest back yards, we can help preserve and treasure our natural world then we will make the world a better place - not just for ourselves but for every living creature. 

©2021 Monty Don (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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This has a new twist

while you are still in Monty's garden, the focus this time is not the flowers or vegetables. Instead, center stage are the animals, birds and reptiles that have shared his garden through the decades. Typical Monty fashion, he brings them to life, so that we may smile to as we listen to him recount his memories. Highly recommend, but don't get if you are looking for a gardening "how to" book. This is not that.

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Monty Don is a Treasure

Icons of wholesomeness are not common but I'm putting Monty Don up there with Steve Irwin, LeVar Burton and Bob Ross. I love the wonderment with which he approaches every subject. I have all of his books and I will play them over and over just to have his soothing voice musing about all the details of nature. I like his book "Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs" the best for the biographical elements but this one is also nice to have in the background while I'm working and I can dip in and out and hear something new about the wildlife specific to his home in the English Countryside.

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Bits and Bites of Great Information

I absolutely loved listening to Monty as he let us into his life, loves, humor and sadness. I will certainly listen to this wonderful book over and over.. Thank you.

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Absolutely enchanting!!

I have learned so much from Monty. But most of all how to really enjoy a garden and the nature around it.

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Great morning read!

Wonderful and insightful! - Thank you for sharing your knowledge and world. Highly recommended for those of all ages (i.e., my toddler enjoyed the audiobook with me and some morning’s would even request ‘Monty Don’). :)

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delicious year-round in the garden

Monty tak s you I to his garden and farm and walks, and talks and explain in the most sensible fashion about everything that surrounds him. His passion for nature is palpable and contagious. I will listen again and offer as gift to two friends.

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Monty Don dazzles with his knowledge and humanity

Once again, Monty Don dazzles with his knowledge and humanity. What a spectacular listen. I will be sharing his book among my friends who also relish the beauty and glory of our gardens and our world. I also deeply appreciated his insights on foxes and other animals who are both predator and prey.

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Boring disjointed rambling

This is just Monty rambling on various creatures and wildlife. Anything he says in this you have heard before if you have read anything of his previous work.

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It’s about more than simply gardening

It tugs at the core of what it is to be fully engaged with your natural surroundings and is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

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  • Carol Hollis
  • 01-19-22

A glimmer of light in this, our troubled lives.

An informative and thought provoking book full of feelings which mirrored my own. It compelled me to look up many of the flora and fauna to check out for myself which plants and creatures I recognised from my own garden and bird table. Having had to say goodby to my own constant companion, the loss of Nigel resonated with me too. If you love the breeze in your face, the frost on your spade and the warmth that it brings to your heart then this book is a must. Thank you Monty.

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  • Gary
  • 07-06-21

Excellent 5 star

Loved the information, as a country boy found out a few things that I didn't know.
Loved the bit about Nigel at the end.
Nice touch. Great work from Monty.
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  • Mrs L.
  • 11-02-21

Just glorious

Beautifully written and read. It's given me a much greater appreciation of all aspects of nature in gardening. I must buy the hardback too! Perfect.
p.s. Be warned, the last chapter about Nigel will break your heart. Listen in private if you don't want to end up sobbing in public!
A perfect book I'll come back to often.

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  • Ms Elaine C Clarke
  • 10-08-21

A splendid , educational, interesting and moving r

What a cracking listen, wonderfully narrated by the man himself.Cannot recommend it highly enough!Most enthralling audible book to date!

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  • michaeroyale
  • 05-16-22

My garden world

The only way I can describe this Audio book is like monty don is my Therapist and hes telling me everything I want to hear that makes me happy, the sound of a bird song , the beauty of nature and the pure joy of the flowers and plants we love , he has a voice so gentle and calming ,this is a beautifully written book and I guarantee it will leave you inspired happy and you'll want to listen to it again.

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  • Anna
  • 04-12-22

Monty's love for his surroundings shines through.

Very calming. loved every second. listening to this book has supported me while in a very bad place
Thank you Monty. We will miss you Nigel

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  • Jim Simmonds
  • 07-06-22

best book I've listened to

By far my favourite Audible book ever. Loved every second of it. Funny, witty, incredibly sad (you'll know which bit if you listen to it) and very interesting. Monty's voice is pure gold and I could listen to it all day. I'm a huge fan of Monty and GW and I'm genuinely gutted I finished the book now. If you like Monty you will more than likely love this book. I want more Monty books!

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  • Estella
  • 07-05-22

A list not a story

I really like Monty Don’s work and admire what he stands for; however this is a list not an integrated account and would work better as a reference book to dip into. The book is arranged according to seasons which is fine and logical, but in each section he merely offers a sequence of short, unrelated commentaries on different things relevant to the season (thus for January — snowdrops, sparrows, foxes, etc). It come across (to me at least) as some interesting information in an oddly disjointed form. It could have been so much better since he’s clearly an engaging writer and speaker.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-15-22

Ten out of ten

I have learned so much from this book and so enjoyed how it was delivered in short informative interesting stories on each subject.
And yes … Nigel … the star of the show .. beautiful words Monty on that most treasured friend.

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  • Carl
  • 06-09-22

brilliant !

thank you monty for a truely wonderful journey through your garden world, interesting and informative, ive learnt so much and deeply moved hearing about nigel, god bless and thank you.