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Chris Beardshaw

2016 Show Judge, U.K. designer, TV Host and author, 100 Plants That Almost Changed the World

A celebrated plantsman, designer and broadcaster, Chris Beardshaw from the U.K. has clocked up over 30 years’ experience in the horticultural world. Known for his BBC television and radio work, Chris is also a well-loved speaker and lecturer and is the author of 4 books, including the award-winning One Hundred Plants that Almost Changed the World. In 2015 he won his 9th Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his garden for Morgan Stanley. He has won a record three People’s Choice Awards at Chelsea, and is a five time winner of the RHS Best in Show Award, as well as winning top honours at garden shows in New Zealand, Japan and Moscow. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Liverpool.


One Hundred Plants That Almost Changed the World

Celebrated British designer Chris Beardshaw will recount tales about plants that may change how you view and value them. His pithy stories span species from rare to common plants, and how they still have huge significance in our lives. From historic art, wartime use, human sexuality, and even space travel, Chris will attempt to unlock and unravel the secrets of the plant kingdom and you will never again look at a fruit bowl in the same way.

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Natural Gardener: Lessons from the Landscape

Drawing from his BBC television series, “The Flying Gardener,” Chis will look at a variety of plants in their different habitats, revealing how nature achieves what gardeners have long strived for. He’ll show how knowing your own garden’s local conditions can aid you in selecting and cultivating plants. You’ll discover that the best designer for your garden is nature itself, and the best gardens are those created with the understanding of the conditions nature creates.

Thursday, Feb 18 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow