I had the great pleasure to meet with a range of Landscape Architects and Garden Designers in Northern California to understand their work processes, plant research and presentation needs, as well as their client communication processes. We also discussed development ideas and explored how Shoot can best be amended to add most value to garden professionals and their clients in California.
Two garden designers, Jenna Bayer and Debby Ruskin, were particularly helpful to me. I particularly want to thank them for their support and helping set up meetings during my trip.
Jenna Bayer, of Jenna Bayer Garden Design Inc. (based in Mountainview, California and Hillsboro, Oregon), was instrumental in helping me make the trip worthwhile. Jenna has known about Shoot having lived in the UK when we first launched and was delighted to know that we are planning a US version of Shoot.
Jenna also runs a successful garden school called the Garden Bootcamp and can see how graduates could use an online system to keep all their new gardening knowledge and learning organised and accessible. So in short, Jenna believes there is a need for a website such as Shoot in the USA to support both professional and novice gardeners.
After my meeting with Jenna yesterday in Mill Valley, the whole Shoot team are thrilled she has now gone on to join Shoot as our first professional member in the USA starting with a 20 garden professional subscription account.
So a very big thank you to Jenna from the entire Shoot team for her membership, support with developing a US version of Shoot and also for helping make other connections for me with a larger group of designers based in Palo Alto, California.
One of the Palo Alto based garden designers Jenna connected me to is Debby Ruskin, of Ruskin Gardens Co. Debby kindly hosted me on Tuesday to meet a group of 9 garden designers all based in the Palo Alto area.
It was an absolutely fantastic opportunity for me to meet with a large group of interested garden designers all in one meeting. So a very big thank you to Debby too for helping to organise the garden designer group and for hosting my presentation and follow-on discussion. It proved to be a very useful and productive first session. I hope many of the attendees will become part of our ‘Beta’ development group giving us feedback on Shoot as it develops for an American audience.
Please continue to watch for updates as we develop our first ‘Beta’ USA version over the coming months!