Gardeners’ World star Monty Don once opened up about his battle with depression as he admitted he was “unhealable”.
The animal lover and horticulturist, who is back on screens tonight (June 30) with an episode of Gardeners’ World, suffered bouts of depression.
In his book, The Jewel Garden, Monty opened up about the impact of losing his business due to the financial crisis of 1987.
Monty Don on depression battle
The star wrote that his temper became “unreasonable”. He added: “[In the end] I went to see a healer. I can’t remember if he was a herbalist, acupuncturist, homoeopath or white coated faith healer, but I liked him.
“He had me abstain from tea, coffee and alcohol and described my various symptoms with unerring accuracy.”
Monty said: “After a few months of this puritanical regime they told me I was unhealable.”
In a 2020 interview with the BBC, Monty explained: “I have for many years, suffered from depression, which comes and goes but tends to be something that is worse in winter.
After a few months of this puritanical regime they told me I was unhealable.
“And, touch wood, it’s been much better for the last few years. But for me, the benefits of nature are all about the physical connection with the rhythm of the natural world.
“Some of that rhythm is bleak – winter is cold. And yet even if inside you are bleak and grey and cold, if you believe that spring will blossom inside you, as well as outside in the garden, that’s powerful. So that’s how it works for me.”
Gardeners’ World tonight
The BBC Two show will air tonight. According to BBC Two, the episode will see Monty giving a “masterclass on rambling, climbing and shrub roses”.
He’ll also share tips for water saving and harvesting.
Gardeners’ World airs tonight (June 30) from 9pm on BBC Two.
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