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How Monty Don went from skint student who ‘ran away with another man’s wife’ to unlikely Chelsea Flower Show heartthrob | The Sun
HE'S 'the Don' of the gardening world, loved by millions for his soothing voice and easy-going charm.
This week Monty Don returned to our screens to present the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with viewers swooning over the 67-year-old, branding him an "absolute fitty".
And the horticultural heartthrob had fans in tears when he paid tribute to his late 'co-host', Nigel the golden retriever, who he lost in May 2020 – six days before his 12th birthday.
Despite keeping his family life fiercely private, the Gardeners' World presenter has more than one million Instagram followers.
So who is the man behind the spade? Here we reveal how Monty's incredible journey to becoming the one of the leading UK gardeners involved bankruptcy, depression and "running off with another man's wife".
'Love at first sight'
Monty has been married to wife Sarah, 68, for 40 years, and the couple share three children – sons Adam and Tom, and daughter Freya – as well as two grandchildren.
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They met at Cambridge University, where Monty studied English at Magdelene College – however Sarah was married at the time to a postgraduate student.
In an attempt to woo her, Monty told the Edinburgh Literary Festival he cut her lawn by hand using kitchen scissors because he couldn't find the keys to the shed containing the lawn mower.
In their joint book, The Jewel Garden, Sarah – a trained jeweller and architect, who only refers to her husband by his full name – explains how she left her wealthy spouse to be with 'Montagu'.
In a passage which reads more like a Jilly Cooper novel, she recalls: "In 1979, I left my well-off husband for this penniless student… Trying to escape the inevitable mess that we had created, Montagu and I ran away together to the North York Moors, where we were offered rooms in a house for winter."
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