RHS Chelsea 2015 Designers : Chris Beardshaw


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Chris Beardshaw is an award-winning British gardener, who is perhaps best known for his work on the BBC’s long-running television series Gardeners’ World.

Background

Beardshaw is formally trained, and holds an M.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire. He has won several prestigious gardening awards, including, in 1999, a Gold Medal for his “Dig For Victory” garden and then again in 2012 working with a learning disability team from the Minstead Training Trust Chelsea Flower Show, and, in 2008, a Gold Medal at R.H.S. Tatton Park.

His first TV appearance was in 1999 as the expert on ‘Surprise Gardeners’ for Carlton TV. After this, he moved to the BBC TV and Real Rakeovers as the expert contributor. His first show as sole presenter was Weekend Gardener for UKTV Style in 2000. Also in 2000, he co-presented Gardening Neighbours for BBC 2. This was followed by three series of Housecall. After this, he joined Gardeners’ World Live as a specialist presenter, and then soon moved on to become a presenter on Gardeners’ World, alongside Monty Don and Rachel De Thame. Beardshaw presented Get Up and Grow along with Irish landscape gardener Colin Donaldson. He is also a regular panel member on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

In 2013 he joined The Beechgrove Garden,BBC Scotland’s long-running gardening programme, where he still presents a segment on most episodes either from the Beechgrove Garden itself, or out on the road.

The Chris Beardshaw Rose was launched at the Hampton Court Flower show in July 2007. Beautifully scented with soft pink blooms, the new rose was produced by international rose specialist C&K Jones. Chris Beardshaw specifically asked for a donation (£2.50) to be made to the Royal Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for every rose sold.

Following his success at Chelsea in 2012 with the Minstead Training Project learning disability team, Chris agreed to become a Patron of the charity

In 2013, he presented two episodes of Great British Garden Revival.

2015 Chelsea Garden

Multi-award winning designer and TV Gardener Chris Beardshaw returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a garden for Morgan Stanley that forms an integral part of their international Healthy Cities initiative. A theatrical representation of ‘community’, the garden will be relocated after the show to form the centrepiece in a new community project in East London. This project builds on the firm’s 40+ year commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of children through philanthropic community involvement. The formal geometry of paths, hedges and walls symbolises the physical infrastructure of a community, while vibrant plants denote the social elements within as they are diverse in origin, colour and character but work together to form a successful community.

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