Date(s) - 09/09/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1,
Passionate, inspiring and hugely informed Chris Beardshaw is one of the leading lights in the world of gardening both as a television presenter and ambassador – breathing new life into the industry with his unique blend of skills and qualifications which embrace planting, garden design and landscape architecture.
Chris knew 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 was absolutely captivating. Even now, he still gets that tingle of excitement every time he plants a seed and watches 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.
Chris then went back to education a third time, this time on the otherside, as he was approaced by Pershore College to lecture in horticulture and design courses. It was whilst he was lecturing that he was asked to contribute to a number of television programmes inlcuding 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, Hidden Gardens, Gardeners’ World, Great Garden Detectives and Country Lives.
Chris now runs his own practice and splits his work amongst designing, lecturing, broadcasting, writing and campaigning. He will, however, always remain a gardener at heart. For more information see Chris.