Chris Beardshaw gives our Annual Lecture on The English Garden at Leicester University

Date(s) - 23/11/2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

sir bob burgress building

About Chris:

Many will know Chris from his long broadcasting career, which began in 1997 and includes BBC2 television hit series such as Gardeners’ World, Hidden Gardens and the hugely popular The Flying Gardener, amongst many others.

​Chris is heard by millions as a panelist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time where he regularly faces a live audience of gardening enthusiasts! Chris can currently be seen as a regular presenter of BBC 2’s Beechgrove Garden where he joins the team in the garden, takes part in plants trails and visits inspirational gardens.

​Chris is trained in Landscape Architecture (post grad) and Horticulture which makes him a rare combination in the design world and this enables him to combine both disciplines 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. His successful design business has been established for over 18 years and allows Chris the creative freedom to work with private and commercial clients on a wide range of projects across the UK and internationally.

​Chris is a hugely popular garden designer, having produced award winning schemes at all RHS shows as well as many international flower and garden shows. Chris Beardshaw Design has collected over 35 awards including many RHS Best in Show’s and Gold medals as well as a growing number of prestigious international accolades.

​He has also written a number of books and his book 100 Plants that almost changed the World won an Independent Publishers award in the USA. He is freelance writer contributing to gardening magazines and lifestyle publications such as The English Garden and Cotswold Life.

​When time allows, Chris teaches students at degree level was a full-time lecturer at Pershore College from 1997-2001. He has been external examiner at many teaching institutions including Falmouth University and Duchy College.

Chris is proud to be an RHS Ambassador for Communities and Ambassador for the National Youth Orchestra GB.

Venue: Bob Burgress Building Lecture Theatre , Leicester University, LE2 7TF


Cost: Friends £15 / Guests £17     (includes a glass of wine or soft drink.)

Profits from this event will go to the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening” scheme.

For more information or to book, ring the Events Secretary on 0116-270-5711