EMAIL :  TELEPHONE :  07950 309759

Welcome to the website of Chris Collins and many thanks for your visit.

Find out what Chris is up to, what he's been up to and what he's going to be up to in the future!

It began in the summer of 1984, when Chris became an apprentice gardener with Brighton parks department, followed five years later by entry to the Royal Botanical gardens in Edinburgh. This initial eight years training provided him with the superb practical and scientific background that the immensely complex subject of horticulture requires.

Following this the adventures really did begin, as West Africa and Cameroon were next up, as Chris worked as an intern at the Limbe Botanic Garden, reconstructing these historical gardens (the oldest in Africa) and also carrying out rainforest inventory work on Mount Cameroon. Within weeks of returning from Africa in 1994 a chance to work in Japan materialised and for the next four years, Chris worked in both a practical and consultancy capacity, importing British horticultural goods, teaching British gardening methods and designing and building gardens. This was all based in the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.

After more than five years abroad Chris decided to return to the UK where a period at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew came next, working in the South Aboretum department before moving on to be Head Gardener at Westminster Abbey, a unique job which Chris describes as ‘a unique experience’.

In 2002 Chris entered the world of television and media and secured his own television series on BBC 2 , called 'The Plantsman', since then he has appeared on a variety of TV programmes including The Chelsea Flower show , Hampton Court Flower show, Gardeners’ World, This Morning, Castle in the Country, Garden Invaders, BBC Breakfast, Digging for Victory, GMTV, ITV's ‘a garden for London’, Garden Rivals, Secret Gardens, Hard Sell, Garden Challenge, Turf Wars and even armed forces television, filming in Bosnia and Germany. More recently Chris presented his own BBC 4 documentary 'Wonder of Weeds' and also appeared as one of the judges on 'Young Gardener of the Year' and had a cameo on DIY SOS for Children in Need.

Since 2004 until the autumn  of  2013 he was the resident Blue Peter gardener working both on screen and with the presenters and keeping an eye on one of the country’s most  famous gardens. A part of which he re-located to Media City in Manchester due to the BBC relocation of its children's department.

He has also runs his own Design and soft landscape company 'CM Collins Horticulture' since October 2003.

In 2007 Chris was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh medal for his services to horticulture, he was also part of the team that won a silver medal at Chelsea in 2010 with 'the garden that kids really want'. This website sets out to involve you in all his work and to reflect on adventures of times gone by.


Chris  Collins (CM  Collins Horticulture)  provides  a  variety  of  services  , we  provide  specialist  landscape  services  which concentrate  on  soft  landscaping  and  planting schemes ,  for  more info  check  out  the  horticultural  services  page . 

 As  well  as  this  Chris  provides  a  school  and community  gardening visiting and  lecture  service , also  after  dinner  speaking  and  of course  services  as a  journalist  , including writing , television  broadcasting and  radio. For more  information on these  services  contact  either  of  the  these  email  addresses  

EMAIL :  TELEPHONE :  07950 309759

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