Modern Slavery Garden

Juliet Sargeant Designs Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to Highight the Existence of Modern Slavery in the UK & Effect Change

The Juliet Sargeant Designs show Garden is a celebration of the British Parliment passing the Modern Slavery Act  into law on 26 March 2015.

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However, this law is just the beginning. Ninety percent of actual change in circumstances is due to the actions of law enforcement and the general public. It is with this fact in mind that a group of like-minded individuals from all walks of life came together and created this garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Despite this law, statistics tell us there are an estimated 13,000 enslaved people in the UK currently, and more than 27 million people worldwide.  The aim of this garden is to raise public awareness of this issue. “Being involved in the RHS Chelsea Flower show affords us a wonderful opportunity to get the message into the living rooms of the great British public, build support and help end modern slavery” Mirabelle Galvin, Modern Slavery Garden Team Member.

The garden features a number of doors. First to meet the eye are bright, inviting doors surrounded by colourful planting schemes, used to illustrate the ordinary streets in which we live. Behind these doors, we glimpse a series of dark, imposing, locked doors, symbolising  the hidden ‘behind closed doors’ nature of modern slavery. 

Translucent planting separates the front of the garden from the darker inner space. Feathery fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and the stems of Verbascum and lupin (Lupinus) echo the vertical iron railings surrounding the garden. A ribbon of warm apricot and orange hues run around the perimeter of the garden and compliment the bright colours of the painted front doors. These ribbons include the brightly-coloured, cottage garden favourites, like Peony ‘Coral Sunset’ (Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’) and Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’. Included are recently introduced varieties like Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ , launched at Chelsea in 2010, and Heuchera macrantha ‘Palace Purple’ , which debuted in 1983.

Juliet has also chosen to include static pauses in the planting with Coprosma ‘Lemon and Lime’ and Coprosma ‘Pina Colada’ These contrast with the more dramatic forms of Red hook sedge (Uncinia rub) and New Zealand wind grass (Amenanthele lessoniana). This is clearly a garden of contrasts, the bright, uplifting colours surrounded the black heart of the garden’s interior.

The Pollen is coming, be prepared.

Spring has sprung and everything is waking. However, as flowers start to bloom, that ‘everything’ may include your hay fever!

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For those of you who like the outdoors, but suffer from pollen allergies, we want to help! As all doctors agree, prevention is better than a cure so understanding what kind of pollen you are allergic to is more than half the battle. If you can work out what triggers your hay fever, you can try to avoid it whilst still enjoying outdoor activities , especially gardening!

Since pollen is primarily carried by wind or insects, it is impossible to avoid it altogether. Airborne pollen is at its highest concentration in the morning as the temperature starts to warm and in the evening as the temperature cools. Warm, windy days are the worst for airborne pollen, but many allergy-suffering gardeners cannot stop working due to these conditions. In this situation, seeking medical advice and wearing personal protective equipment are the best ways to lessen allergy symptoms. Generally, different plant groups create more pollen during a specific time frame throughout the year. You may be able to identify what type of pollen you allergic by what time of year you have symptoms:

  • Tree pollen usually affects people from January to May
  • Grass pollen is released in May through to the end of the grass growing period (this is usually autumn).
  • Weed pollen season is late summer into autumn.

Easy ways to reduce your pollen contact:

  1. If you suffer from a tree pollen allergy, avoid planting trees or shrubs with catkins such as: alder (Alnus) , ash (Fraxinus) , beech (Fagus) , birch (Betula) , elm (Ulmus), ginkgo, hazel (Corylus) , mulberry (Morus) and oak (Quercus) . If you desperately want to plant one of these trees in your garden, check if it is dioecious so you can select a female plant that won’t produce pollen but will produce fruit.

  2. Choose plants that attract wildlife. Their pollen is generally collected by insects so it is less likely to be airborne. Plants like foxgloves (Digitalis), Campsis and other trumpet-shaped flowers are also good options.
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  3. Grass pollen sources include lawns, ornamental grasses, and meadows. Luckily, ornamental grasses such as Muhlenbergia, Stipa, Carex, and Miscanthus are low maintenance during the warmer months. Also, lawn grass pollen can be greatly reduced by frequent cutting.

For more information on allergic reactions, moulds, and more gardening tips for positive avoidance, please visit Allergy UK  

 

 

Mother’s Day Walk and Talk

A walk in an open space allows us to open our lungs and stretch our legs, see the beauty of gardens and the natural wilderness and also has a way of opening us up. Being surrounded by fresh air and lush green has a very positive effect on the brain, it calms the mind, boosts creative thinking and gives us a chance to reflect.

This Mother’s day weekend there are 20 NGS gardens open across the UK. Here are just 5 of the 20 for your to visit with your Mum and entire family:

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www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk.

Open on Saturday only: Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, a great for all the family; there are 30 acre of gardens that surround the Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables, model and historic gardens including a Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal garden. And for the little ones who are not yet the avid gardeners, there are animals to see and an evergreen maze and Jungle Gym to play in for hours of fun.

 

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Photo by Alan and Diana Guy of Kitemoor Cottage

Visit Kitemoor Cottage in Dorset to view the beautiful varieties and cultivars of the beloved Christmas Rose. Plants person Diana Guy invites you to walk amongst her 1/2 an acre garden filled with; an orchard,fruit and vegetable garden, mini meadow, naturalistic planting and cottage borders. Diana also has a large collection of Hellebores with the opportunity to purchase some too.

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www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

Fingers crossed they have had a perfect winter and the crocus field is full! For a look at naturalistic bulb planting and a field full of colour, visit Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria. They are happy taking admission by donations and also serve light refreshments in the Barn Cafe.

 

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www.boughtonhouse.org.uk

Boughton House is a great spot in Northamptonshire with fantastic vistas, newly created sensory and wildlife gardens and a wilderness woodland open for visitors to view the spring flowers. You may even see the emergence of their herbaceous borders that will tempt you back for more.

 

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www.kingjohnsnursery.co.uk

Close to the Sussex/Kent border, a Romantic garden for all seasons will open it’s gates for the first time this year. King John’s Lodge is 4 acres composed of a formal garden with water features, rose walk and wild garden and pond. Rustic bridge to shaded ivy garden, large herbaceous borders, old shrub roses and secret garden.

For more information on all of these gardens and more please visit the NSG find a garden.

And remember if you do visit, please email or tweet us your photos celebrating Mother’s day.

 

 

Giving back

Nicola Gammon, founder & CEO of Shoot, announced a personal commitment to give back by signing up to Founders Pledge.

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“I thought — what kind of legacy do I want to leave as a human being? It was an easy decision for me to give back to the community, and to donate to MassChallenge, an organisation that has helped me and my business so much.”  Nicola Gammon, Founder of  Shoot

Through Founders Pledge, a charity that was spun out of Founders Forum, entrepreneurs leverage their success and give back to society, committing to donate at least 2% of their personal proceeds (not equity) from a liquidity event to a social cause of their choice.

As of March 2, Founders Pledge has had 329 pledges across 249 businesses with $18.2b in aggregate valuations, making the total value of pledges around $70 million. Founders Pledge charges nothing, allowing pledgers complete control in selecting the recipients of their donation, and brings together their community with regular events.

Pledges have been signed already by a number of MassChallenge alumni, including Nicola Gammon (founder and CEO at Shoot) and James Roy Poulter (co-founder and CEO at Pronto), David Hellard at Zipcube.com and Danilo Leao at BovControl.

Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com, MADE.com, and Founders Forum, also supported the announcement today and stressed the importance of giving and connecting the tech community to opportunities to give at all stages of their life cycles.

When you have 80 people together in a room who have ‘made’ it, there is not as much energy. Getting together with younger entrepreneurs and using our influence collectively for good with Founders Pledge, we can accomplish so much.” — Brent Hoberman, Founder of MADE.com

Front of mind with clients

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Shoot keeps Tendercare front of mind with our clients. Adam Robinson, Design (Tendercare)

Shoot for Professionals is a great way of maintaining continuity with a client beyond the garden handover stage and it also allows us to brand the regular care instructions which helps to keep Tendercare front of mind. If the client adds more plants to the garden themselves they can edit the Shoot garden page and we have an up-to-date record of what’s in the garden when they come back to us  to talk about additional plants or designing other areas of the garden.

We’ve just designed and built a small garden for a client in Flackwell Heath and, as the clients are not big gardeners and were looking for something low maintenance, we thought it would be a nice gesture to give them a year’s subscription to Shoot and upload all of their plants to the website in addition to the planting plans and other visuals. The full service Shoot package will ensure that Tendercare Design stays front of mind with the client.

Note: If you shop at Tendercare they will provide you with a PDF print out of your plants purchased to upload into Shoot.

Shoot for Professionals – Pricing options

Shoot has recently launched a new Professional garden management service for garden designers and their clients.

The new Professional service now includes:

  • Real-time collaboration on gardens, plants and garden care
  • Unlimited sharing with clients, staff and suppliers forever
  • Your clients, your branding
  • Multi-plant add in one click
  • Business listing with web links, profile, photo and logo

At a recent TendercareTalks event there was a discussion about the various commercial options to provide the Shoot service to clients. We thought we’d describe 4 sample commercial options to help you work out which package is right for you.

1) I want to try out the full Shoot service for Professionals at the lowest cost possible

We can help you to learn more in a few ways:

2) I am convinced Shoot is a great service. I want to pay for my clients to get the Shoot service with my branding on gardens and care emails. I want to pay for my clients for any time period of my choosing – from 1 day up to forever. And I may wish to share each garden with more than one person.

Some clients are important enough to you that you may wish to sponsor their Shoot account and build long-term relationships with them. If you want to sponsor the Shoot service for a few clients the pricing goes down significantly if you upgrade to the next pricing tier up. For example, you can provide sponsored support for 5 client gardens for only £29 a month. If you pay annually upfront you also get 2 months free. You can choose to sponsor each client for as long as you wish. You can sponsor for 3 months, a full year, or even several years. It is entirely up to you how long you provide the sponsored service for. Also, all gardens you create can be shared with many people as you need to at no extra charge. So you can invite, for example, ‘Mrs Smith’, ‘Mr Smith’, a landscaper, maintenance gardener and even a plant nursery at no extra charge.

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If you decide to stop sponsoring the garden you can then ‘Transfer’ the garden profile to the garden owner and they can continue to pay for the subscription directly.

 

3) I want to be a Professional member of Shoot. I want to set-up my clients’ Shoot garden for them, and to keep copies of all the gardens I create. But I want my clients to pay for their own subscription directly and I don’t mind that the service doesn’t have my branding.

If you prefer not to pay for your clients’ use of Shoot that is fine too. You can sign-up for the lowest priced Professional tier in Shoot and simply create and send each client garden to the customer and they can decide to pay for it. Click ‘Transfer’ link to send a garden to someone else. You can keep a copy for your own records.

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 18.11.03The client will get a fully completed garden profile but it will be a restricted view as a free member until they upgrade for £36 per year. You can also offer a combination. You can sponsor a client for a short period of time and then send the garden profile on to the client for them to continue paying directly later on.

4) I don’t want to pay anything, I don’t want to be a member of Shoot myself and I don’t need to keep a record of the garden profiles and plant lists I create. I would like to set-up garden profiles on behalf of my clients as a service for them.

If you only want to help your clients with a garden profile in Shoot you can ask your client to join Shoot and share their login details with you. You can then login as them to set up the plant lists and notes for the client. You can do the work logged in as them on their behalf and then allow them to continue on their own with Shoot directly without ever becoming a member yourself.

Here is a handy table of the options and benefits of each commercial choice.

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We hope these commercial options give you all the commercial flexibility you may need. Please send us comments, feedback or request a demo by emailing the team at shoot@shootgardening.co.uk

The Big Problem with Sudden Oak Death

Although this may seem like old news, Sudden oak death is something all gardeners should look out for.

It is not just our beautiful old oak trees that suffer from this pathogen but many other smaller trees and shrubs that you are likely to have in your garden. The plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum known as Sudden oak death also effects garden plants such as; Rhododendron, Viburnum, CamelliaCalluna, Erica, Hamamelis , Lonicera , SyringaTaxus and Laurel.

Symptoms vary depending on each plant, therefore is especially hard to identify. Our advice would be to visit the DEFRA site to see the list of symptoms and contact them directly if you need any further assistance in this matter. If you do find an issue please share it with us on Twitter.

 

RHS London Botanic Art Show

The RHS are very busy bees and have lots of spring time shows scheduled for 2016.

First off is The London Botanic Art Show from the 26th & 27th of February. Head to RHS Lindey Hall, London for an exhibition of botanical art from around the world.

 

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You can wander through the pop up exhibition spaces, talk with the artists, watch them in action, pick up tips for your own artistic works and even get creative with prints and pressed flowers.

For more information and to book tickets for this show visit the RHS

Are you attending The London Botanic Art Show? Please email or tweet us your photos of the event.

And watch this space for updates on upcoming events…

 

 

 

The New Multi Plant Add Is Here!

We are making Shoot even easier to use. We are proud to announce the new multi-plant add feature. Here is how to use it:

Login as usual, go to My Garden and click on My Garden Notebook. Then, select a garden and click ‘Add Plant’

You will be offered these options:

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Select ‘Add Multiple Plants’

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Before adding a list of plants, select which garden you would like with the drop down tab just above the ‘Add Plants’ button.

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Once you have added your list, check through for spelling mistakes and descriptive information such as ‘(dark red)’ seen highlighted above. Please correct spellings and erase any other information other than the plant name otherwise it will fail to match.

When complete, click ‘Add Plants’. You will see a pop up of to tell you how many plants were added to your selected garden.

You will receive an email similar to this to tell you which plants we could not match on:

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You then have the option to request a plant or using our advance search tool.

We have had great feedback on this new feature so far. Please do comment below or tweet us to tell us your thoughts. We would love to hear from you!

And if you are not a member yet, please sign-up to TRY SHOOT FREE.

An Historic Spring Time Adventure

Geoffrey & Etta Wyatt will be opening the gates of their parkland garden for all to see.

The magical place can be found in the South downs National Park with views towards Cissbury Ring and the sea.

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This spring time garden was designed by Oliver Wyatt in 1945, a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and a snowdrop enthusiast who discovered and named two varieties of snowdrops; Galanthus Maidwell L and Maidwell C,  and these can both be found at Cissbury.

The garden boasts a wilderness filled with breathtaking drifts of Snowdrops, Daffodils and Bluebells, as well as a magnificent dawn redwood, holm oak hedge, many cedars and shrubbery.

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The garden is open to all on Saturday  27 February and Thursday 3 March from 10am – 4pm. Admission is just £4.00 per adult and children go for free.  Dogs welcome and home made tea is available.

For maps and more information visit NGS Cissbury

As a NGS garden, the proceeds go to charities such as; Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and many more.