Monty Don returns to host BBC 'Gardeners' World'

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Monty don, the gardener, designer and broadcaster, is to return as the main presenter of the BBC TV gardening programme, Gardeners' World. He retired from the programme in 2008 after suffering a stroke.

The current presenter, Toby Buckland, will not have his contract renewed, and Alys Fowler will also be leaving the show, which begins its new series in the spring. Two other regular presenters, Carol Klein and Joe Swift, will continue to contribute. Don, who began his career as a jewellery designer, has never had any formal training as a gardener and is the first non-horticulturalist to present the series. He is a passionate advocate of organic techniques.