Monty Don’s family had a 170-year battle with the organizers of the Chelsea Flower Show.
According to newly discovered reports, MONTY DON’s family was embroiled in a 170-year feud with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the organizers of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chelsea Flower Show was moved from May to yesterday.
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra were present on the opening day.
The royals explored the Queen’s Green Canopy Garden, which commemorates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and wants to urge people to “plant a tree for the jubilee.”
The king is currently at Balmoral, as is typical in September, and will be conspicuously absent from this year’s event.
The Queen has only missed eight Chelsea Flower Shows since her 1953 coronation, most recently in 2005 while on a vacation to Canada, according to the RHS.
Along with Nicki Chapman, Angelica Bell, Joe Swift, and Sophie Raworth, Mr Don is part of the BBC’s presenting crew for the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show.
However, newly discovered documents suggest that the broadcaster’s family was embroiled in a feud with the RHS when a relative was booted from the organization 170 years ago for disclosing plant secrets.
George Don, the BBC gardener’s great-great grandfather, was the society’s first plant hunter, tasked with finding uncommon plants to grow and exhibit in the UK.
His plant hunting expeditions for the RHS began in 1821, taking him to the Canary Islands, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Brazil, and New York.
On the voyage, however, George Don became very ill with a fever, and while he survived, the two marines with whom he was traveling died.
The rift is thought to have started when the gardener became enraged because his pay was the same as that of a horticulturist doing the same job in the safety of the UK.
In a fit of rage, George Don decided to give his brother’s employer a newly discovered pine tree instead of the charity.
The gardener had work published in the Sierra Leone magazine, despite the fact that he was meant to publish his findings only for the RHS.
George departed the RHS in disgrace, with the society also obtaining an injunction prohibiting the gardener from publishing work in the United Kingdom.
Mr Don, a BBC presenter, told Gardeners’ World Live about the story in 2018, and disclosed that his grandson’s name is George. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”