Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

The first years in television for Chris began in the fertile beds of TV Gardening, blooming in 2003 with no fewer than three prestigious BBC 2 series: -

Gardener's World, Hidden Gardens Flying Gardener - progressing to Channel 4's brand new, live Garden Design Challenge for 2005:- for 62 days through March-July teams will be designing small gardens from a vast plot at Blenheim Palace - with the public voting winners and losers as the series proceeds.

Chris is more than a TV gardener: a highly qualified horticulturalist he brings deep and special knowledge to all his work and began in 1999 as the expert on Surprise Gardeners - Carlton TV whence he was potted-on to BBC TV with Real Rakeovers - again as the expert contributor.

His first show as sole presenter was Weekend Gardener for UK Style in 2000 - the same year he co-presented Gardening Neighbours for BBC 2.


He reached a new audience by digging over the plot for Housecall (series 1,2 + 3) for BBC 1 Daytime in 2000/1

In 2000 Chris joined Gardener's World Live as a specialist presenter - thence it was a short jump to Gardeners World itself as an integral team member - now with Monty Don.

His solo career took off with Flying Gardener - and Winter Flying Gardener - and for Hidden Gardens he has unlocked horticultural treasure troves (2002 + 2003)

Chris studied horticulture at Pershore - where he also lectured for four and a half years - before managing the plant research and development division of one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the country and gaining an MA in Landscape Architecture from Cheltenham.

He lectures and writes (The Natural Gardener pub. winter 2002), has a thriving garden-design business still finding time for his other passion - diving!