BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Gyorgy Balint, Hungary’s favorite gardener, turns 100 this month and his advice is more sought after than ever.
A TV and online celebrity who has been handing out tips on gardening since the 1960s, Balint says his closeness to nature has contributed to his longevity.
He begins each day answering queries from green-fingered fans on his website, and his 430,000 followers on Facebook, often helped by one of his six grandchildren as they sort out his mailbox, respond to messages and keep the website updated.
An author and editor of books and magazines on gardening, Balint also became a regular contributor to a popular Hungarian TV show between 1981 and 2009 and editor of another television program on farming.
“Looking back 100 years, I can say that cultivating the land is the most wonderful job you can have,” he told Reuters, sitting on the veranda of his house in the Budapest suburbs, overlooking a neatly pruned garden where the cherry tree is almost the…
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