Guest Garden Designers

The Oak Processionary Moth

No Comments 13 April 2014

By Helen Elks-Smith. Oak processionary moth (OPM) was first found in south-west London in the summer of 2006 and was probably brought in on infected oak trees from Europe. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves and can strip the tree bare, leaving it vulnerable to other pests and diseases and less able to withstand extreme […]

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Front Gardens – Let’s hear it for the Victorians!

No Comments 16 February 2014

By garden designer Helen Elks Smith. Our front gardens have a tricky time fulfilling everything that we ask of them and often the easiest solution to satisfying the parking, dustbin and access needs is to pave the whole thing over. But it doesn’t need to be this way and there are many good reasons to […]

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Notes of pathways

No Comments 04 September 2013

By garden designer Helen Elks Smith. There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of nature, greenery and the effect that simply being outside has on our everyday lives. It has been shown that we react at a deeply subconscious level to our surroundings. There is evidence that it takes just 3 minutes […]

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Guest Marketplace Shops, Professionals

Capturing that essence

No Comments 02 July 2013

By Carol Sharp Photography How wonderful it is that ‘capture’ devices are so easy, and we can endlessly snap our favourite plants endlessly.  But do we really capture that special feeling we experienced when we were lit up with joy or fascinated at the sight of a plant, so we can share it and re-live […]

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Guest Marketplace Shops, News

MyGardenSchool Courses £45 OFF

No Comments 18 May 2013

By Elspeth Briscoe, MyGardenSchool. Just in time for The Chelsea Flower Show, we’re delighted to announce that the world’s first online gardening school, MyGardenSchool, has teamed up with Shoot to sell online gardening courses via the Shoot Marketplace. MyGardenSchool is offering all Shoot members a £45 discount off four week online gardening courses as part […]

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Garden designing downunder

No Comments 15 May 2013

By Garden Designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Just back from a quick week trip to New South Wales where the inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney was launched. I’m honoured to be one of three Ambassadors for the show and, together with Tom Harfleet, have been commissioned to create the main show feature from 5th to 7th […]

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Field of Dreams

3 Comments 02 April 2013

By Helen Elks-Smith MSGD One of my strongest child hood memories was of walking to the Post Office with my mother through the village playing field. The field buzzed with life. Grassy stalks and flowers gently swayed before me, stretching out in all directions on one of those glorious summer days that at times only […]

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Guest Marketplace Shops

Reduce Plastics in the Garden

3 Comments 27 March 2013

By Tim Wells Agents for Becausewecare. Most of us want to reduce the amount of plastics we use in our households. In some countries such as Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland there are Government imposed levies on disposable plastics e.g. for plastic shopping bags. However, in horticulture there have traditionally been vast amounts of plastics used, […]

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Guest Marketplace Shops

Roses for North-facing walls

1 Comment 14 March 2013

By Carolyn Dunster, Simply Roses In the course of my work as a planting designer specialising in roses, my job is to advise clients on the best varieties to grow. All too often, I hear people complaining that they have no success with roses in their gardens and that there is no point planting them […]

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Guest Marketplace Shops

Growing Asparagus

No Comments 12 March 2013

Posted by Stephen Read, Reads Nursery for the Shoot Marketplace. The asparagus plant is grown as a perennial vegetable in the UK and can yield for 15 years, it is essential to get the planting and  preparation right. See our About asparagus Asparagus contains high levels of vitamin A, folic acid and dietary fibre, it […]

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