Theres no point trying to convince millennials to garden Monty Don says

first_imgMonty Don “I think much better to make sure they have access to it up to the age of 10 and of course don’t take it away at that point, and just let them come.” He said that the older generation must be patient, and wait for youngsters to appreciate gardening when they are ready, which he said may not be until they are 30 or 40.“I just think that gardening is about the future, a slow thing, that is deep and spiritual as well as spiritually rewarding,” Don said.“These are not things that are immediately attractive to the average 15, 16 or 17-year-old. And that’s fine, that;s ok, it doesn’t have to work for all the people all the time.”Gardeners’ World, the BBC’s flagship horticultural show,is one of the longest running gardening shows, having been on air since the 1960s.Don revealed why he never wears gloves while he gardens, telling the history festival in Wiltshire: “I never wear gloves because I like to feel the soil on my hands.“I do wear gloves for things that sting a lot or prick a lot. But I just like to feel with my hands. I find gloves cumbersome and uncomfortable and I’ve got tough old hands so the old cut doesn’t matter.” He added: “Get them eating well, growing, doing things, you know, really getting them to enjoy and play but don’t ram it down people’s throats, let them come to it.”“When you’re 15 whatever your parents tell you you should do, you’re not going to do it. Any self respecting 15-year-old [will rebel] and so they should. Monty Don presents Gardeners’ WorldCredit:Tim Ireland /PA He has enthused millions of amateur gardeners with his tips, advice and ideas on horticulture.  Now Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, has said that we should not waste time trying to get millennials into gardening because they will never be interested in something that is “rammed down their throat”.A string of celebrities chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc, have launched initiatives aimed at encouraging youngsters to grow their own vegetables. But the 61-year-old presenter has said that trying to interest young people in gardening is a “red herring”.Speaking at Chalke Valley History Festival, he said: “I think a lot of people with the best of intentions are saying how can we get the young interested in gardening?  “I think we put far too much interest in trying to get ten to 20 year olds interested in gardening. I think you should do everything you can to try and get them interested up to the age of 10.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img