Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

Christopher Beardshaw is a Gardener who was born on 11 January 1969.

He may have got his love for gardening from his Grandmother, who was a no nonsense gardener that grew everything she could and he learnt a lot from her.

For his fourth birthday he was given his first propagator along with some seeds and a watering can.

When he was young his parents also moved to a rural area in Worcestershire and started growing their own fruit and vegetables.

He grew up surrounded by orchards and crops.

When he was older he had a job working at a plant nursery where he learnt to prick out and grow plants.

Branching Out

Chris took a year out of his studies to complete some work experience and later attended Pershore College in Evesham Worcestershire to study Horticulture. 

After leaving he had a job working in Plant Research and development.

He went back to his studies to gain a BA Hons and PGDip in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire.

Chris Beadshaw has been a Lecturer on Garden Design, Horticulture and Garden History for over 27 years, working both full time and now as a guest lecturer. 

From little acorns

After being spotted whilst lecturing at Pershore College, Chris first appeared on a programme called Surprise Gardeners in 1999 as the garden expert. 

Each episode saw a different garden designer making over someone garden in just a day.

In 2001, the strange combination of helicopters and gardening saw Chris flying all over the country as a gardening agony Uncle in Flying Gardeners.

Even the garden owner got to fly in the helicopter piloted by Michael Malric-Smith as they look down on their own garden and what needs to be done to solve their gardening dilemmas.

In 2007, Chris joined Monty Don on Gardeners' World  as a presenter, he had already been presenting on RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Wild About Your Garden  was first shown in 2008 and Chris was the Gardening Expert alongside Ellie Harrison, Wildlife Expert and Presenter Nick Knowles.

When BBC Scotland Flagship gardening programme Beechgrove Garden was to be aired in a regular slot on BBC2 in 2013, Chris joined the show as a presenter.

Alongside Chris Beardshaw , the current presenters on Beechgrove in 2020 are Carole Baxter, George Anderson, Brian CunninghamKirsty Wilson and Sophie McKilligan.

For the new season of Beechgrove 2021 there are 2 new Presenters Mairi Rattray and Calum Clunie.

Chris Beardshaw has a Rose named after him Rosa 'Chris Beardshaw'.

He also writes for several magazines, newspapers and journals and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time.

Chris Beardshaw lives with his wife Frances Toase and  three daughters near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

When life gives you lemons

When Chris was just 13 after discovering a swollen big toe he was later diagnosed as having the painful and debilitating autoimmune condition Rheumatoid Arthritis.

This was a blow for the active Chris as the pain and inflammation spread it caused him real difficulty in walking and the possibility that he may have ended up in a wheelchair.

As an adult he has adapted his life style and mindset to learn to live with his condition without the use of anti-inflammatory medicines and looking towards a more holistic and diet based solutions.

He manages his condition by cutting out foods that can cause a flair up and having a sensible exercise regime, he also wears thick hiking socks daily to cushion the impact on his joints.


Chris Beardshaw is a Chelsea Garden regular.

He has won over 35 Design awards and 12 RHS Gold medals and I hope to eventually list them all.

RHS Chelsea Flower show

Arthritis Garden

Morgan Stanley Garden - Controversial Silver Gilt

Morgan Stanley Garden - Gold medal & Best Show garden

Morgan Stanley Garden - Gold Medal

The RNLI Garden - Gold Medal

Myeloma UK - A Life Worth Living - Gold Medal

TV programme

Chris Beardshaw Television Programmes

Surprise Gardeners

Weekend Gardener

Gardening Neighbours

The Flying Gardener

The Joy of Gardening

Hidden Gardens

The Great Garden Challenge

Chelsea Flower Show

The Great Garden Detectives

Gardeners' World

Wild about your Garden

Apples: British to the Core

Beechgrove Garden

Deep, Down and Dirty: The Science of Soil

Great British Garden Revival

Beechgrove 2021

Chris Beardshaw Books

The Natural Gardener

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Understand your Plants and get the best out of your Garden

The Secret Life of the Garden
with Dorling Kindersley

100 Plants that Almost Changed the World

Chris Beardshaw's  WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram

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