A PRICE of £6,500 was paid at an auction for a visit to the garden of Herefordshire celebrity Monty Don.

The gardener and writer is best known as the lead presenter of the BBC television series Gardeners' World.

Viewers of Gardeners' World will know that one of the locations used for filming is Mr Don's own garden, Longmeadow.


The stunning garden is located in Herefordshire, a short drive from the market town of Leominster.

On his website, Mr Don, 65, said he bought the house in October 1991.

Then, the garden was just a two-acre abandoned field out the back and a much smaller area in the front covered in builder’s rubble.

Longmeadow is now split into four different gardens which each have different names.

They are called The Cottage Garden, The Jewel Garden, The Paradise Garden and The Vegetable Garden.

Longmeadow is not open to the public.

However, as part of a St Michael's Hospice fundraising event Monty Don put a visit of his Longmeadow garden up for auction.

Hereford Times: Monty Don and Kate Bliss at the St Michael's Hospice fundraising event

The visit went for £6,500, with Monty Don saying he will match this figure for the Herefordshire charity.

The auction was part of an evening with Monty Don in conversation with fellow Herefordshire celebrity and antiques expert Kate Bliss at Brinsop Court.

The evening raised around £20,000 for