New Ambassador for RHS Malvern Spring Festival

In an exciting new role, designer, plantsman and broadcaster, Chris Beardshaw, has been announced as the ‘Ambassador for RHS Malvern Spring Festival’. Chris will be helping promote the Show, which he believes marks the perfect start to the spring gardening season.

Chris will be returning to his roots as he grew up locally in Worcestershire and has been a regular at Malvern Spring Show for over 20 years. He has appeared at RHS Malvern in a variety of roles from designing show gardens, to scholarship mentor, judge and speaker.

He designed his first show garden at Malvern Spring Festival in 1999 and has since been awarded 13 RHS Gold medals and is the winner of six Best in Show. In his new role, Chris will be helping to celebrate all that is unique and great about the Festival and will be helping develop several exciting new initiatives – details of which will be announced in Spring 2020.

Speaking about his new role Chris spoke of his delight to be asked to be an Ambassador for his local show: “It is a real honour,” he said. “I have been involved in gardening events in the UK and around world, in a variety of roles which has given me a range of show experience from a number of different perspectives.

I am really looking forward to flying the flag for the Show and helping to attract gardeners and plant lovers from throughout the UK to come and visit us. We are also working with the Show’s team in the development of some interesting new ideas which will confirm Malvern Spring Festival as the very best family day out in the gardening calendar,” he added.

Diana Walton, head of shows at Malvern, said how absolutely thrilled they were that Chris had taken on this new role to further enhance a relationship which had grown and flourished so wonderfully over the last two decades: “Chris is a particular favourite at Malvern – with our team as much as visitors. We have all watched his career progress so successfully from those first beginnings here at Malvern. He understands this show so well and how we are the breaking ground for lots of new talent and starting point for much of the work done in the garden over the spring and summer months. I know he will be a wonderful ambassador and we are very excited to be working with him.”

Chris (pictured above) has been involved with a wide range of horticultural projects and educational initiatives during his career and has over 19 years broadcasting experience. Currently he can be heard as a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. For further information on Chris’ latest projects please visit:

RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from May 7th-10th 2020, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Advance tickets are now on sale now, with prices starting at just £19 for RHS and Three Counties members, or £21 for the general public. Children under 16 go free. Group tickets are also available.

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Picture of Chris credit: Richard Kendal.