Meet Christopher Woods author of Gardenlust and our February 2020 speaker

Monday Feb. 10th at 6:30pm
at the Charleston Museum

Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens with Christopher Woods

For three years, Chris Woods traveled the world seeking out contemporary gardens and found fifty of the best. With wit and humor, he describes the most arresting features in public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, and the most enviable details of lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants, and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy. Chris is perhaps best known for his work at Chanticleer, the acclaimed, 47-acre “pleasure garden” in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where he was director and chief garden designer for twenty years.

Check out this feature on Christopher and his book Garden Lust in The Washington Post

Check out Chris’ travel and garden blog urbane horticulture


 Chris Woods began training as a gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. He continued learning at  several other gardens in the UK; Portmeirion in Wales, Bateman’s in Sussex, and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. He moved  to the US in 1981 and was founding director and chief designer of Chanticleer, transforming it into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic, and flamboyant gardens. 

He then became vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and, in 2006, was appointed director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. In 2008, he was appointed executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. In 2012, he spent a short time as director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm. 

He has been a member of the board the Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia, and the American Public Gardens Association. He  also served on the advisory board of the Flora of North America Project, has consulted for the Gardens Conservancy and  Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as well as being a member of  the horticulture advisory board of Ganna Walska Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA.

His first book was The Encyclopedia of Perennials (Facts on File,1992), and he contributed to 1001 Gardens to See Before You Die (Barron’s, 2012), and The Gardener’s Garden (Phaidon, 2014). His book, GardenLustA Botanical Tour of the World’s Best Gardens, was published by Timber Press in September 2018.

He is now working on another book, this time about the wild world.

He lives in the Pacific North-west and one or two other places in the world.


TICKETS: $20 Non-Members
(free to CHS Members)