About Chris Beardshaw
Fresh, dynamic, and hugely creative, Chris Beardshaw is one of the leading lights in the world of gardening. On screen, Chris is loved by millions for his ability to communicate and share his rich vein of knowledge with warmth and enthusiasm. Off screen he is equally admired for his huge variety of work in design and education, where he is recognised as a real ambassador for the industry.
As a young adult Chris trained and worked in horticulture and it was his love of art and design that led him to study for a degree and post grad in Landscape Architecture, making him one of the few presenters who combines both disciplines.
His broadcasting experience spans 14 years and this April he joined the much loved Beechgrove Garden on Sunday’s BBC from April- October. Other programmes include: Apples: British to the Core, Wild About Your Garden, The Flying Gardener, Gardeners’ World, Hidden Gardens, and more.
He is a long-standing and regular panel member of BBC Radio 4’s popular Gardeners’ Question Time. Chris also runs a private design practice. He also teaches, lectures and writes his new book 100 Plants that almost changed the World was released this May.
Chris donated a deckchair design for Deckchair Dreams 2013. He told us:
I wanted to support the project as I am a huge fan of parks and public spaces and the role green space can play in our lives and it seemed a creative, fun way of engaging. I love the image I have chosen to use as its from one of my garden schemes and is based on a natural prairie style herbaceous border.
His limited edition deckchair is available to buy through our online shop. All proceeds help support the Royal Parks.
Chris also told us how he feels the Royal Parks:
They are the lungs of the city and play a vital role in the social, economic and health and wellbeing of everyone living nearby and using these green spaces. They offer so much in terms of space to play, space to relax and enjoy, places to learn and be engaged with nature and the list goes on. The power the Parks play in our lives cannot be underestimated and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many quality green spaces to enjoy and I hope they continue to be an important element within the fabric of our cities.