Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Author & Horticulturist
Chris Woods, a native of England and a U.S. citizen, has worked in the garden world as a director and designer for over thirty years. He started his career at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, where he was trained as a horticulturist.
He has worked in three other gardens in the UK, Portmeirion in Wales, Bateman’s in Sussex, and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. At Bateman’s he was responsible for the restoration of the garden. While over 300 years old, the main period of development of the garden was in the early 20th century.
He came to the U.S. in 1981 and was, until April 2003, Director and Chief Designer of Chanticleer. He transformed a moribund private estate into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens.
His carreer in the United States has been wide-ranging. He was the Vice President for Horticulture and External Operations for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and then part-time Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in Ojai, California. In September, 2006 he was appointed Director, the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. While pleased to be in Canada his heart yearned for California and in January, 2008 he was appointed Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden.
He was appointed Director, PHS Meadowbrook Farm in September, 2012.He was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to design the central feature for the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2013.
He returned to California in December 2013 and has established a consulting business. Some of his clients are the Flora of North America Association and the Friends of the Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden.
In 2003, he was awarded the Professional Citation for significant achievements in public horticulture by the American Public Garden Association.
In 2007, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society awarded him the prestigious Medal for Distinguished Achievement.