Monty Don: Brilliant trick 64-year-old uses to keep fit revealed

The BBC’s Gardeners’ World veteran has been presenting the show since 2003 – a whole 17 years. Divulging his best gardening tips, tricks, and methods, Monty hosted the show from his Herefordshire home in 2011 and has continued to do so ever since.

The 64-year-old’s face has become something of a mainstay in living rooms across the UK, every Friday at 9pm, without fail.

Elsewhere, Monty became the lead presenter for the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage.

However, with the coronavirus having placed the UK under a strict lockdown, the show’s 2020 slot has been cancelled.

Many of those who had prepared to show-off their displays at the Royal Hospital Chelsea are now at a loss.

It can often take up to a year’s prior preparation to nail an exhibition.

Instead, Monty reassured flower enthusiasts, and explained earlier this month that “[The show is] happening, just not quite as we know it.”

Now, participants will present their displays from the comfort of their own home.

And, Monty has remained in his role as presenter on various days throughout the week.

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Gardening is, Monty on several occasions has explained, tough work.

Your joints, knees, back, and arms are put through the ropes in keeping a beautiful garden.

He revealed during a 2016 Radio Times interview just how he manages to stay fit and healthy in the face of such harsh work.

It came as he talked about how fast time passes when you get to a certain age.


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He said: “One minute you’re 32, and then you’re 60.

“I like being 60, though. My generation is the first that can grow old with a sense that we’re not sliding down the plughole in a big hurry.

“I don’t want to be 20 again.

“I live in the present, looking neither forward nor back.

“I’m fairly fit – dodgy knees, but that’s ok.

“I’m told I need a new knee but I’m ignoring it.

“I don’t have time to get new knees, and you should only go under the knife when it’s the last option.

“Yoga has made a huge difference. The older you get, the more exercise you should do, not less.

“I have pain a lot of the time, but it’s entirely bearable.

“Listen – when you get to 60 you ache. Just take it.”

Many will be glad to hear the stoic advice considering Monty has been in the horticulture business for decades.

Yet, despite his experience, as he later explained, he still often feels something of a “black-sheep” at flower shows and events.

Monty said: “I still feel like a black sheep-ish 25-year-old.

“At the Chelsea Flower Show it’s all so terribly grown-up that I find myself thinking: ‘Gosh. I’m with the grown-ups.’

“And then I realise I’m older than a lot of them.

“But you just have to stop thinking about age.”

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