‘No exceptions!’ Monty Don issues stern warning to fans in Twitter update

Monty Don demonstrates how to plant tulip bulbs

Posting on his Twitter profile bio, Monty said: “I am afraid that I do not answer gardening queries via Twitter!”

The statement follows a clear-cut declaration from the Gardeners’ World star, who posted: “Can I make clear that LONGMEADOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Not on Fridays or any other day. You can ‘visit’ via GW only.”

Adding fuel to the fire, Monty doubled down on his rant, saying: “No. Absolutely not. Longmeadow is a private garden and is not open to be visited by anyone at any time.”

In response to his tirade, follower Julia asked: “It would be great if we could see a rough plan of your garden. It is hard to visualize how all your different gardens and paths connect to each other.”

To which Monty replied: “A plan has been printed on a number of occasions in GW magazine.”

Another user WJC voiced a sentiment shared by many, saying: “I can’t tell you how much I would love to visit Longmeadow it would be on my wish list if it were possible. Must be frustrating for you it’s your private space but it’s also public.”

Monty replied: “Not possible I am afraid. Public only on the screen.”

Others were supportive of his decision to keep his garden private, with user Jan writing: “Too right Monty. Most of us appreciate your showing & sharing your private garden with us on GW. Thank you for that. You deserve peace.”

However, it transpired some social media users were confused. Kathy confessed: “Must admit WE thought you said it was on a show recently…. a bit of confusion by others as well it seems…..”

Sarah added: “Don’t tell me that they are randomly knocking at the door! Silly people!”

Another user then wrote: “Thanks and it’s an absolute pleasure to visit every Friday evening. Long may we continue.”

Gardeners World won’t air this week. Instead, the BBC has shifted focus to rock out with Glastonbury Festival coverage until Sunday. So, the ‘visit’ to Longmeadow will have to wait!

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