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.

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.


Awards

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

2013 
Arthritis Garden

2017 
Morgan Stanley Garden - Controversial Silver Gilt

2018 
Morgan Stanley Garden - Gold medal & Best Show garden

2019
Morgan Stanley Garden - Gold Medal


TV programme


Chris Beardshaw Television Programmes


1999
Surprise Gardeners

2000
Weekend Gardener

2000
Gardening Neighbours

2001
The Flying Gardener

2002
The Joy of Gardening

2003
Hidden Gardens

2005
The Great Garden Challenge

2006
Chelsea Flower Show

2007
The Great Garden Detectives

2007
Gardeners' World

2008
Wild about your Garden

2011
Apples: British to the Core

2013
Beechgrove Garden
Beechgrove








2014
Deep, Down and Dirty: The Science of Soil

2014
Great British Garden Revival

2021
Beechgrove 2021


Chris Beardshaw Books


2003
The Natural Gardener

2007
How Does Your Garden Grow?: Understand your Plants and get the best out of your Garden

2009
The Secret Life of the Garden
with Dorling Kindersley

2019
100 Plants that Almost Changed the World


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