When gardening expert Monty Don and his wife, Sarah, bought a ruined house in Herefordshire in 1991, they were at a low ebb after the failure of their jewellery business. With great determination and energy, they threw themselves into restoring the house and creating a magnificent garden. In the first of our exclusive extracts from Monty's inspiring new book, The Ivington Diaries, which is based on the journals he has kept for the past 18 years, he looks back at those early days and how the garden helped him get back on his feet again. Monty Don's gardening diaries: Me and my wife built our life around our home and garden | Mail Online:
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