Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The new presenter of Gardener's World

So, Toby Buckland is to be the new presenter of the BBC's Gardener's World, according to The Guardian. The bookies will be pleased, but how about everyone else? I liked the little garden he did on the programme a couple of weeks ago. And I liked the fact he seemed to be a fairly normal sort of bloke. But will he make Emmat's heart beat faster? And what will Garden Monkey make of it? I think we should be told.

9 comments:

VP said...

We're absolutely gutted :( And the Sock is in mourning.

artistsgarden said...

I liked the little garden he did too!
I agree with your comment - he does seem like a normal sort of chap.
K

Lucy said...

As someone who doesn't have a television and whose only experience of 'Gardeners World' was to see about ten minutes with Geoff Hamilton and Bob Flowerdew in it donkeys years ago, the issue doesn't touch my life in the least, nor before all this discussion arose had I previously heard of the candidates.

But I've become semi-mesemerised, not by the question, but the way other bloggers are gripped by it and my immediate thought upon reading the first few words of your post was "I wonder what 'The Garden Monkey' will think of this".

I'd better go and find out . . .

(Then there'll be Emma and VP . . . and I'll still not have a clue what it's all about . . . I think I must be turning into an anthropologist.)

Lucy

R. Pete Free said...

Is it true? Somewhat underwhelmed in this corner...

The Garden Monkey said...

Only time will tell

Victoria said...

R Pete Free: Yes, seems to be true. It was officially announced by the BBC at 1pm today and the Guardian whacked it straight on their website. The Independent has the story in tomorrow's paper, along with everyone else.
Lucy: I should think Garden Monkey, VP et al would give you scope for an entire PhD thesis (with particular reference to Emmat's obsession with Matthew Wilson).
Karen: Yes, I liked his style. "Let's grab a bit of garden and make it look pretty, with a few bits of wood and some nice plants." I can relate to that.
VP: Sincere condolences at this time of mourning.

chris4trees said...

Wish the BBC had the guts to put a new, slightly hapless novice in the top spot..imagine
...supposed to be showing you how to plant spring bulbs but all I could find was the bag of mouldy bits I forgot to plant last year
...sorry we can't show you the developing figs but the bloody cats rubbed them all off again
...and so on. I for one could relate so well.

patientgardener said...

I did wonder when he did the garden on GW whether it was a test run to see what response he got.

emmat said...

the man is totally asking for it, emailing me pictures of himself cuddling hedgehogs, dressed up as a sexy pirate, etc. He flaunts his kindliness to animals / buccaneer élan/ long herbaceous borders in my face and everybody expects me to resist, but if that's not designed to encourage stalking I don't know what is.

I am naffed off, but I really just hope that TB turns out to be great and that we all really like him in the end. Sigh. I have written a post about it but it is stuck somewhere in the newshog belly of the Independent, tant pis.