Chris Beardshaw

Chris knew that he wanted to spend his life working with plants since his 4th birthday when he was given a present of a propagator, packet of seeds and a watering can – watching those first seeds germinate he found absolutely captivating.  Even now, he still get that tingle of excitement every time he plants a seed and watch it germinate and flourish into a new plant.

During his youth he spent school holidays and weekends working for the local nurseryman, doing everything from collecting trolleys, re-stocking the beds and helping out the local farmers at harvest time.

He decided to train in Horticulture at Pershore College and worked in a number of areas including research and marketing with a leading wholesale nursery.  He then trained further at Cheltenham University where he studied Landscape Architecture and took a placement at a practice working on public scheme across the country.

He then went back to education a third time, this time on the otherside, as he was approached byPershoreCollegeto lecture in horticulture and design courses.  It was whilst he was lecturing that he was asked to contribute to a number of television programmes including House Call, Gardening Neighbours and Weekend Gardener.  He then left full time lecturing to concentrate on TV work fronting or co-hosting programmes such as The Flying Gardener, HiddenGardens, Gardeners’ World, Great Garden Detectives and Country Lives.

He now runs his own practice and splits his work amongst designing, lecturing, broadcasting, writing and campaigning.  I will, however, always remain a gardener at heart.”