Designed by Chris Bearshaw and assisted by the talented young members of TeamUK for Worldskills London 2011 they created the ‘Stockman’s Retreat’ Showgarden for this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show have had their achievments celebrated by RHS judges, succuring a Silver Gilt medal for their work.




RH The Duchess of Cornwall also visited the show and congratulated the team on their success.


  Their garden also captured the prestigeous ‘People’s Choice’ Award for Best in Show.

BBC Four
Wednesday 15 June, 9 pm

A fascinating BBC Four, TV programme to be aired on 15 June at 9 pm, garden designer and horticulturalist Chris Beardshaw uncovers the British contribution to the history of our most iconic fruit – The Apple.

In the hour long programme, part of the BBC Four Botany series, Chris reveals the passion and dedication of Victorian gardeners who in an apples ‘golden age’ gave us more varieties than anywhere else in the world.

“In Britain we crunch our way through fifty billion apples a year. But our relationship with the apple goes beyond mere appetite and this is the story of a love affair between our nation and a fruit. This programme enabled me to fully appreciate the complex history and importance of the British apple – I was even able, using cutting edge DNA analysis, to identify the origins of the apple I most prized as a boy when I used to go scrumping!” Chris Beardshaw

“Apples – British to the Core” – BBC Four, Wed 15 June, 9 pm

Award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw is fulfilling a botanical ambition and visiting South Africa for the first time, when he will be taking part in a major lecture tour  to help raise funds for the South African Nursery Association (SANA).

 The tour begins in September 2010 and will see Chris visit some of South Africa’s major cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban where he will view some of the country’s finest botanical sites.

 The tour is being hosted by the SANA Tom Arnold Bursary Fund and many of the events Chris will be attending during his visit will be raising funds to help provides bursaries to students studying horticulture and related courses in the nursery industry.  Chris will be giving a series of lectures at some of South Africa’s most notable horticultural locations including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, the Durban Botanical Gardens and Buitengeluk Venue in Broadacres Estates in Fourway’s Johannesburg.

 Chris’ lectures will include reviews of some of his many gold medal winning show gardens including the Boveridge Garden which he created at Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, which won a Gold Medal and was voted the ‘People’s Choice’ by BBC TV viewers. This garden was recreated at The World Garden Competition in Japan 2009 where it was awarded one of only 4 Gold Medals and was also awarded the Best Plantsmanship and Horticulture prize.

 Chris will also discuss the new the naturalist planting style’s he has recently adopted which creates stunning low maintenance and restful planting schemes, as seen in his RHS Tatton Flower Show garden which won a Gold Medal and Best in Show Award in 2009.

 Commenting on the lecture tour Chris said, “It is a great honour to have been invited by SANA to take part in this lecture tour.  South Africa is a country I have always wanted to visit.  It is a paradise for any botanist as it is one of the most species rich places on earth and has incredible plant diversity.  I am very much looking forward to visiting all the gardens during the tour and meeting the gardeners there. In particular, I am keen to see Kirstenbosch Botanical  Garden’s which is recognised has one of the greatest gardens in the world, with over 7000 indigenous species including many rare and threatened plants.  The tour is going to be a wonderful experience and I am really looking forward to it.”

We would like to congratulate Chris Beardshaw on completing the 2010 Bupa London 10k last Monday 31st May.

Chris ran on behalf of the Alzheimers Society and came in at a ery respectable time of 40.29secs.

Remember to watch our Chris Beardshaw presenting at the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC 1 and BBC 2 during the week commencing Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th May.

As a celebration of the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) 2010, award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw has set a challenge for his 2009 mentoring scholar Paul Hervey-Brookes, to create a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show which highlights how gardeners can create a desirable and stunning environment which works successfully for both people and wildlife.
Chris has been mentoring Paul since he was awarded the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship, sponsored by Bradstone, an Aggregate Industries business, at The Malvern Spring Gardening Show in May 2009.  Since then Chris has devoted time to working alongside Paul and assisting him in developing the diverse range of skills required to create a successful career in garden design. 
Following the challenge set down by his mentor, Paul’s show garden at Chelsea will highlight many of the key messages of the IYB by defining how a garden can provide a space for the gardener to relax and enjoy, whilst also providing a rich habitat and ecosystem for a variety of at risk garden insects and mammals.
Paul’s stunning design combines a variety of sustainable landscape materials and includes specially designed features such as a portico for birds to nest and log walls for insect habitats.  The richly planted borders include a diverse range of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals which the team envisage will be buzzing with insects throughout the show.
As a signed up partner of the IYB, Chris Beardshaw is passionate about biodiversity and as part of his commitment to the campaign he has provided a regular update of information on his website to advise gardeners on how they can engage with the campaign and promote greater biodiversity in their gardens.
He said, “I feel very strongly about educating people on the need for biodiversity within gardens and landscaping.  I am delighted that Paul has embraced the challenge of creating a biodiverse garden so effectively.  His design illustrates why gardeners have no need to compromise on the beauty of their open spaces when creating valuable habitats for wildlife.  As gardeners we can all do a huge amount in our own backyards to help support a wide range of species.”
 He continued, “Paul has been an excellent scholar and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with him throughout 2009.   We are extremely proud of what he has achieved during his scholarship year.  As this is his first show garden at Chelsea, I have given him guidance throughout the development of his design, but this is very much his garden and it will mark the culmination of a tremendous year for him which we hope will be a springboard for his future design career. “

 Through the kind support of the scholarship sponsor Bradstone, Paul has received bursaries throughout the year to fund his Malvern Autumn Show garden, this Chelsea Flower Show garden and also to assist him with course fees for a Landscape Architecture degree course at University of Gloucester.  Paul has also enjoyed a week with Hillier Nurseries where he met with Robert Hillier and many of his senior staff who gave him a fascinating insight to one of our most respected and reputable plant nurseries.
Paul said, “I am really looking forward to implementing the design at Chelsea. We want to show gardeners how, without compromising the beauty of their space, they can use a few simple features to create a wonderfully biodiverse environment for many species.  For me a garden without wildlife is soulless.  So I hope people will be able enjoy our garden and take away some ideas and introduce them into their own gardens.”
He continued, “This Chelsea garden will be the grand finale of my Mentoring Scholarship which has been a very positive and challenging year for me.  Working with Chris has been a once in a life time opportunity and it has provided a huge creative stimulus.  It has been a fantastic and intense experience and I am very proud of the journey I have been part of.  I now have a wonderful platform from which to go on and develop my design career.”

 New chief executive of Aggregate Industries Alain Bourguignon said: “We are always keen to support new talent in the landscape gardening industry and champion cutting edge design, which is why the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship is an important partnership for Bradstone.”

 Aggregate Industries, Bradstone’s parent company, is at the forefront of developments to increase sustainability of garden landscaping materials. It is the first company in the world to achieve the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate from BRE Global.

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 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations – the year that celebrates the diversity of life on Earth, including every plant, animal and micro-organism.

Universities, media organisations, museums, theatre companies and artists have come together to promote the understanding of biodiversity during the International Year of Biodiversity.

Chris Beardshaw is delighted to be a spokesperson for this global campaign and fully supports the project.

 To hear him talk about the project, follow this link:

Our Award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw is heading off to New Zealand to create the largest exhibition garden ever seen in the 15-year history of the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch.
It is considered the equivalent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in New Zealand, with over 100 exhibitors and 30 gardens. Chris has been invited by the organisers to produce a quintessentially English Garden for this year’s event.

Chris is renowned for his formal English garden designs, having won nine Gold and Silver Gilt Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) medals. Chris is delighted to be attending the Ellerslie Show for the first time.  He said, “This show has a great reputation internationally.  Our garden is not only the show’s largest ever exhibit but it is the largest show garden I have ever created too.”