Video: TV gardener Chris Beardshaw speaks to New Waltham Garden Club on variety of horticultural issues
TV GARDENER and Chelsea champion Chris Beardshaw shared his award-winning tips with green-fingered fans in Grimsby.
Chris, a Gardener's World guru, entertained more than 200 people at New Waltham Garden Club and told how he was no stranger to the area.
The celebrity recalled visits to a fun fair in Cleethorpes as a boy, while enjoying family holidays.
He is a popular show garden designer and regularly features of BBC Radio Four Gardener's World question time.
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And his passion for all things horticultural is the subject of his book, due out in spring, entitled One Hundred Plants.
It delves into the history of some of the nation's most popular plants and tells how lettuce was once used as a contraceptive and why carrots should not be orange.
He said: "If only I had the soil you have here in Lincolnshire, I could do so much more. It is excellent.
"I have fond memories of coming here as a lad on holiday when I was seven.
"All the way through school, I always wanted to be a gardener and work with plants and have been able to pursue a career in landscape architecture and garden design."
Three of the most influential gardeners in his life were the late Geoff Hamilton, Roy Lancaster and Professor David Bellamy.
Among Chris's other achievements are producing award-winning schemes at all of the Royal Horticultural Society shows, as well as many international flower shows.
The presenter of the BBC show Flying Gardener has won more than 15 RHS medals, many of which are Best In Show, and gold awards at Chelsea Flower Show. At the show this year, he will be designing a garden in aid of Arthritis Research UK.
Club chairman Pat Sheard said: "We are pleased so many people came along to hear him.
"We had visitors from Market Rasen and Louth, and all over North East Lincolnshire.
"Chris is a wonderful gardener. We hang onto his every word at Gardener's World Question Time."
Club members can now look forward to a workshop called Spring Preening, being held at Jean and Bill Parrott's garden in Station Road, New Waltham, on March 19 and a workshop on propagation and seed sowing at Pam Dunham's garden, in Hewson Road, Humberston, on March 27. Admission is £5 per person.
The club's annual daffodil show will be on March 28 and the annual garden show will be at New Waltham Village Hall on September 7.
For more information about the club, phone 01472 825055.