Award winning TV gardener to open Shrewsbury plant centre
27th March 2013
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An award-winning gardener and landscape designer, who is a Shrewsbury Flower Show ambassador, will be returning to the town on April 7 to officially open a specialist plant centre.

Chris Beardshaw, star of BBC2 hit television series Hidden Gardens and the hugely popular The Flying Gardener, has agreed to open Love Plants which is located within Salop Leisure’s successful caravan dealership based at Emstrey, Shrewsbury.

Love Plants has a team of nine experienced staff, who provide expert advice to customers at the 4,500 square feet plant centre.

The £500,000 centre has been developed in association with Dingle Nurseries and Derwen Garden Centre, well established and highly respected businesses in Guilsfield, near Welshpool and all plants will be sourced and selected by their experienced staff.

Love Plants aims to sell a diverse range of specialist plants, including 20 feet tall Japanese acers, alongside old garden favourites and accessories that support plant growth and plant health.

Members of staff have different areas of expertise as well as a strong interest in horticulture and gardening as a whole. “It’s one of the most exciting horticultural projects that has been developed in Shrewsbury,” said Salop Leisure’s chairman Tony Bywater.

“It’s a specialist plant centre where customers can buy top quality plants and receive great advice from knowledgeable staff on a wide range of topics, from growing vegetables to providing exciting planting combinations.”

The official opening by Chris Beardshaw will be the culmination of three days of events at Love Plants and a series of summer activities is also being finalised to reward loyal customers.

Mr Beardshaw, whose broadcasting career spans nearly 15 years, is heard by millions on the weekly BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time panel, where he faces a live audience of gardening enthusiasts. He has won numerous prestigious gardening awards, including several gold medals for his popular gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Referred to by some as 'renaissance man', Mr Beardshaw is principally trained in landscape architecture and separately as a horticulturalist, which makes him a rare combination in the garden design world.

His enthusiasm for plants, good design and the desire to work in harmony with the natural landscape and wildlife is reflected throughout his work. He specialises in bespoke designs for a range of clients across the UK and internationally, with a scheme in the UK recently being recognised with a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Principal Award.

He has also written a number of books and contributes regularly to gardening magazines and lifestyle publications, including as a columnist for The English Garden Magazine.

For more information on Love Plants or Salop Leisure call 01743 282400.

By Catherine Roche.

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