Modern-day Plant Hunter, Freelance Lecturer,
Travel Photographer, Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds since 1984,
Botanist and Leader of 28 expeditions to the Himalaya
Chris beside stunning SALVIA HIANS in the NW Himalaya
AUTHENTIC seed for DISCERNING and ADVENTUROUS gardeners
ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE digital presentations for clubs and societies
SCIENTIFIC and CONSERVATION projects in the HIMALAYA
Dhaulagiri - the 'White Mountain', Nepal Himalaya
Chris with Lamas (Buddhist monks) at a Monastery in Little Tibet
WEST HIMALAYAN BLUE POPPY (Meconopis aculeata)
Fine peeling bark of HIMALAYAN BIRCH (Betula utilis) shown by Farooq Ahmed in Kashmir
THE PROSPECTUS FOR CHRIS CHADWELL'S AUTUMN 2014 SEED-GATHERING
AND SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION TO THE HIMALAYA, IS NOW AVAILABLE - REQUEST YOUR COPY, WHICH EXPLAINS WHICH CATEGORIES OF SHARE YOU CAN TAKE OUT AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
(SEE http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/prospectus for further details)
As Proprietor of CHADWELL SEEDS (Established in 1984) I offer, in association with P.Kohli & Co., India, an exceptional range of rarely available seed of rockery subjects, herbaceous perennials, climbers, shrubs and trees from various parts of the world for discerning and adventurous gardeners.
(See CHADWELL SEEDS section of this web-site to request a copy of the next catalogue in Jan 2015)
HIMALAYAN PEONY (Paeonia emodi) - one of the choice plants available from Chadwell Seeds
Chris has proven to be a popular and versatile public-speaker, having delivered hundreds of entertaining and informative lectures around the UK. His latest digital presentations appeal to garden clubs, specialist horticultural societies along with more general audiences such as National Trust Centres and U3A groups. He has undertaken lecture tours and speaking engagements in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, France, Ireland and India. Audiences now regularly remark that the images he shows at his lectures are amongst the best they have ever seen.
Why not suggest him as a speaker to the programme secretary of a society you belong to?
(See DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS FOR CLUBS and SOCIETIES section of this web-site for
details of the topics he offers, his availability and fees)
Title slide of two of Chris' digital presentations
SCIENTIFIC and CONSERVATION PROJECTS
In 2010 Chris established the FLOWERS FIT FOR A DALAI LAMA Plant Conservation Project,
offering long-term advice on the cultivation and identification of Himalayan plants used in
Tibetan Medicine. SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction
Through awards of the KOHLI MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL, on behalf of the Himalayan Plant Association, recognition is brought to individuals (past and present-day), along with Institutions in the Himalaya, who have made a significant contribution to the study, cultivation or conservation of Himalayan flora. SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-1
Chris honouring Prem Nath KOHLI during commemorative event in Delhi, India in 2009
Chris has recently begun collaborating with Krishnan Lal, with a view to helping him with the publication of an illustrated flora and various guides, to the wild flowers of the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-7
A selection of Krishnan's fine images of Western Himalayan flowers can be viewed within BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OF HIMACHAL HIMALAYA: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/plant-portraits
A good place to view a fine selection of Himalayan plants in cultivation is in the Sheffield Botanical Garden. Eric Lee, along with members of FOBS (Friends of the Botanical Garden, Sheffield) have established a HIMALAYAN GARDEN. See PLANTS GROWN FROM PREVIOUS EXPEDITIONS:
Chris has raised money over a period of more than twenty years for a number of organisations and charities operating in the Himalaya, particularly The Britain-Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) and wishes to draw attention to others which he judges to be worth supporting.
Funds should be directed towards the best operating in the Himalaya, with a proven record.
Matthew Chadwell, Chris' eldest son visiting the BNMT's Kathmandu HQ in 2010
BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE.....
Chris outside a trekking lodge in Mustang District, Nepal
The admirable sentiments of India's first prime minister after Independence in 1947, inscribed below his statue in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The world would be a better place if every nation and individual citizen in the world, adopted such a philosophy.
Let me end with images of a cute Nepali girl (highly intelligent and full of enthusiasm for life - who was rightly unimpressed that whilst she could speak English, my Nepali was minimal) holding one of my business cards, whilst looking after her younger brother. Let us celebrate and help protect their charm and innocence. She and the people of Nepal deserve better in the future. We can do "our bit" by making sure aid monies are spent more effectively than they have been in the past.... Why not find out more about the ways I and others try to "put something back" in the Himalaya? Take a look at the different sections of this site and then help me or directly support charities I am able to recommend - which are genuine. Be "street-wise" and support the best....
Namaste from the girl's younger brother
PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS WEB-SITE
Please note that I currently do not 'water-mark' the photos on this web-site, for aesthetic reasons nor do they carry an individual copyright notice. BUT they are MY photos (unless indicated otherwise and for those named photographers, they are shown 'on my behalf'). It is my expectation that EVERYONE viewing images on this site agrees to abide by this relaxed, old-fashioned approach. Permission MUST still be sought from me at: email@example.com if you wish to utilise any of them in ANY way. In most cases I shall agree. I always TRY and behave as a gentleman, treating people with respect and trust others will do likewise.
© Chris Chadwell 2014