The first years in television for Chris began in the fertile beds of TV Gardening, blooming into the prestigious BBC 2 horticultural beds of: Gardener's World, Hidden Gardens, Flying Gardener, Chelsea Flower Show as well as Channel 4's Great Garden Challenge in 2005 which involved 62 days through the summer whereby teams from all over Britain designed small gardens in a vast plot at Blenheim Palace – with the public voting winners and losers as the series proceeded.
Chris is more than a TV gardener: a highly qualified horticulturalist and keen environmentalist he brings deep and special knowledge to all his work and began in 1999 as the expert on Surprise Gardeners – Carlton TV whence he was potted-on to BBC TV with Real Rakeovers – again as the expert.
His first show as sole presenter was Weekend Gardener for UK Style in 2000 – the same year he co-presented Gardening Neighbours for BBC 2.
He reached a new audience with Housecall (series 1,2 & 3) for BBC 1 Daytime in 2000 and 2001. In 2000 Chris joined Gardener's World Live as a specialist presenter thence it was a short jump to Gardeners World itself as an integral team member.
His solo career took off with Flying Gardener, Winter Flying Gardener and for Hidden Gardens in 2002 and 2003 he unlocked hidden horticultural treasure troves.
Chris studied horticulture at Pershore — where he also lectured for four and a half years — before managing the plant research and development division of one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the country and gaining a post grad MA in Landscape Architecture, which makes him a rare combination in the garden design world and enables him to bring both disciplines to the fore and certainly to the benefit of his clients. His enthusiasm for plants, good design and the desire to work in harmony with the natural landscape and wildlife is reflected throughout his work.
Chris Beardshaw can currently be seen as a regular presenter of Beechgrove Garden on Sunday's BBC2 where he joins the team in the garden, takes part in plants trails as well as tackles contributors 'problem corners' and regular inspirational garden visits. You can also catch Chris on the perennially popular Gardeners’ Question Time broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each Friday.
He lectures, writes (100 Plants that Almost Changed the World, The Secret Life of the Garden, The Natural Gardener) and has a thriving garden-design business (winner of RHS Best Show Garden and over 35 awards nationally and internationally) while still finding time to ride his road bike.
He is an immensely popular speaker with a natural and fluent speaking style.
'Lively', 'entertaining', 'hugely educational' are just some of the words used by people describing their experience of evening talks Chris Beardshaw provides to gardening clubs and horticultural societies across the UK.
Chris is also frequently asked to speak at industry conferences, events, award ceremonies some of which include; RGB Kew Diploma Awards, RGB Edinburgh Diploma Awards, Worshipful Company of Gardeners, Launch of Gardens & Parks UK, BALI annual awards, EcoBuild Show, The Garden Media Guild awards & Groundworks.
Chris Beardshaw has been invited to speak internationally and has delivered lectures to the New Zealand Horticultural Club, South Africa Nursery Association, including Kirstenbosch & Durban Botanic Gardens, and to the Bahrain Royal Family.
I would just like to thank you again for the brilliant lecture you gave in Johannesburg today. It was both informative and inspiring. The fact that you are out there championing the cause of encouraging biodiversity in garden design, gives me hope that one day every garden will be a haven for wildlife.
Your enthusiasm for all aspects of gardening was infectious and we shall all look forward to the spring with renewed energy in our own varied plots. People are still talking about what an enjoyable evening it was - it will live long in the memory
Can I say a huge thank you for an extremley entertaining evening last Wednesday. You have an amazing gift for bringing to life the subject of gardening. I don't know where the time went but the whole audience could have listened to your reminiscences and knowledgeable anecdotes for much longer than time allowed. Your enthusiasm and enjoyment in your chosen career is very evident and totally infectious!
A wonderfully entertaining talk, it was such fun - your final chapter on the stunning RHS garden, inspired by the Jekyll and Mawson designed formal and water garden, which you recreated at Chelsea was absolutely amazing and you had us all riveted to our seats. You really gave us all the most memorable celebration evening I know how much our members enjoyed meeting and talking to you.
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