Monty Don responds after Gardeners World viewer questions outfit choice: Absurd knees!

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Monty Don, 66, has replied to a Gardeners’ World viewer who asked why the horticulturalist does not wear shorts on the show in warmer weather conditions. The BBC host admitted he prefers to stick to full-length trousers as it is more protective in his garden that includes “nettles, insects and thorns”.

He also admitted to wanting to hide his “absurd knees” during TV appearances.

The follower typed to Monty: “Why don’t TV gardeners wear shorts?”

He responded: “Nettles, stones, biting insects, thorns and absurd knees.”

Monty’s fashion sense has hardly changed over the past few decades where he has appeared on TV screens.

Back in 2005, he spoke of his love of high-waisted trousers, heavy leather boots, and thorn-proof waistcoats.

He told The Guardian: “I do not possess an item of clothing that I do not like very much and never restrain from acquiring any that I see and like.

“For many people, gardening is the most physical and dirty that they ever get outside a sports field. The clothes that they wear for it must be comfortable, strong, cool or warm depending upon season. 

“Your clothes must work for you, and how they look is entirely secondary. I have three lots of clothes. 

“There is a tiny assortment of T-shirts, cashmere jerseys and tracksuit-bottom type affairs that I slip on at five in the morning or after a bath in the evening. I write in these. Their only function is comfort,” he added.

On occasion, the celebrity gardener revealed he puts on a suit to “impress on some level”.

One item he admits to never wearing is jeans, which he has previously called an “absurd” piece of clothing.

Although he may seem an unlikely style icon, Monty has a legion of sartorial fans, including BBC Radio 2 host, Zoe Ball.

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She admitted to attempting to coax her boyfriend Michael Reed to dress in a similar fashion to the 66-year-old.

Zoe explained to Monty on her show: “Honestly my Curly Sue (Michael),  I’m constantly trying to get him into one of those blue jackets that you often wear, and he’s like, ‘You’re just trying to dress me like Monty Don aren’t you?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah absolutely!’”

It comes after the star spoke on his new move away from Gardeners’ World, as he explained that he had just finished filming episodes for Friday’s edition of the show.

He then told viewers that they would be in for a treat, as his co-stars Carol Klein, Adam Frost, and Frances Tophill will feature in a new preview for Gardeners’ World Live.

The horticulturist also shared that he would be making an appearance at the annual event.

In view of his 237,000 followers, Monty penned: “Two good days filming in the garden (albeit under rather grey skies) with the rest of the programme a preview (by Carol, Adam & Frances) of GW Live ( where I will be all day Fri & Sat 27/28 Aug).”

Gardeners’ World Live’s Special Edition will be held at Birmingham NEC later this month.

Gardeners’ World airs tonight on BBC Two at 8pm.

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