Plant recipies from BBC

This week at Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC, Rachel de Thame is providing ‘planting recipies’. The first is what Rachel is calling ‘Nouvelle Cuisine’ as seen in The Telegraph Garden. Rachel’s advice is to keep a simple palette of just a few plants and avoid over filling your garden with too many varieties.

Plants in the Nouvelle Cuisine recipe include:


New Club & Secret Garden Party

Shoot is entirely funded by Nicola (Founder) and subscriptions from members. Please support us by joining our Lifetime Member Club. Read more here.

If you do, then please also consider meeting Nicola and the team at a Secret Garden Party. 5pm-8pm on Saturday 7th Sept. 2013 in Hampstead NW3, London. Details here.


Introducing Shoot +

By Nicola Gammon, Founder of Shoot

David Edelman’s article Give Me My Data has inspired me to open a conversation with my members and plant retailers about getting more seamless access to our own plant buying history.

One of the key differentiators for brands in the future will be how they make the data they have gathered about us more accessible and usable … and then turned into a service of itself

Shoot provides over 60,000 gardeners with a ‘my plant list’ and ‘my plant care advice’ service as well as detailed information on 15,000 (and growing) plants. If you tell us which plants are in your garden we send you pro-active, personalised plant care reminders each month. Shoot was born out of my own frustrations with plant buying and care. It has now gone on to win awards awards including Website of the Year 2012 from the Garden Media Guild and a Which? Best Buy. Some members love our service so much they are now Lifetime Members. I am thrilled to see how well Shoot is received.

I find Shoot invaluable for the jobs to do every month, for knowing what plants I have where, when I put them in, where I bought them

However, I am also aware that our service could be easier to use. It is a time consuming and boring task to gather all your plant labels before you throw them away, search through our 15,000  plants to find each one you just bought and then to add each plant to your own plant list.

An easier way could be so beautifully simple – I am calling it Shoot +. When you shop at your favourite garden centre or plant nursery, simply hand over your club loyalty card at check-out and Shoot will take a feed from their till systems to update your plants list for you with a note of when and where you bought them … automatically on your behalf.

Shoot is looking for one plant retailer to conduct a trial of Shoot +

How can you help? If you are a club member of a Garden Centre please suggest they trial Shoot + If you are willing to wear a badge or hand over a Shoot + leaflet please contact us. Or if you are visionary plant retailer and want to trial the Shoot + service for your own customers please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Chelsea Flower Show Centenary

Chelsea Flower Show is the greatest flower show on earth. Once againt this year we were given press access to cover all the main show gardens. We are pleased to share with you all the main Chelsea Flower Show gardens including description, garden and plant photos as well as plants lists so you can bring a little bit of Chelsea into your own garden.

Please click on any of the links below to read more.

Arthritis Research UK Garden
Arthritis Research UK Garden
Best in Show Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings
Best in Show Trailfinders Australian Garden presented by Flemings
B&Q Sentebale ‘Forget-me-not’ Garden
B&Q Sentebale ‘Forget-me-not’ Garden
Brewin Dolphin Garden
Brewin Dolphin Garden
The Daily Telegraph Garden
The Daily Telegraph Garden
East Village Garden
East Village Garden
The Fera Garden: Stop the Spread
The Fera Garden: Stop the Spread
Homebase 'Sowing the Seeds of Change' Garden
Homebase ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ Garden
Laurent Perrier Garden
Laurent Perrier Garden
The M&G Centenary Garden
The M&G Centenary Garden
RBC Blue water roof garden
RBC Blue water roof garden
The SeeAbility garden
The SeeAbility garden
Stockton Drilling's 'As Nature Intended'
Stockton Drilling’s ‘As Nature Intended’
Stoke-on-Trent's story of Transformation
Stoke-on-Trent’s story of Transformation
The Wasteland Garden
The Wasteland Garden


MyGardenSchool Courses £45 OFF

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 of their membership package.

MyGardenSchool has attracted some of the world’s greatest gardening authors and horticulture experts to teach via this thriving global online horticulture school.


You actually get personal advice from these experts in the online classrooms, as well as video lectures, downloadable notes, and critiqued assignments.  The latest course to be developed is by Michael Marriott, Chelsea Flower Show regular for David Austin Roses.  The new online gardening course on roses goes live on May 4th for the first – just in time to co-incide with The Chelsea Flower Show (which starts on May 20th this year).

All MyGardenSchool online gardening courses start on the first Saturday of each month, and run throughout the year. More can be found about  How it Works here.

Book now to secure a place.  Next courses start 1st June.

o Planting Design with Perennials – Noel Kingsbury

o Designing with Shrubs – Andy McIndoe

o David Austin’s Growing Roses – Michael Marriott

o Edible Gardening Made Easy – Alex Mitchell

o Flower Photography – Sue Bishop

o An introduction to Garden Design – John Brookes

o Planting Design with Grasses – Michael King

o Garden History – Toby Musgrave

Please contact founder Elspeth Briscoe if you have any other questions.

New & Improved Garden Planner

Our award-winning garden planner is now even better!

Improvements include:

– full screen planning
– more flexible drawing shapes
– more printing options
– save as a JPEG or PNG
– easy to find my plants list
– more plant information on 15,000 plants (e.g. height, spread, soil and other growing conditions) to help you plan your garden

Website of the Year 2012!

We are so thrilled to be awarded Website of the Year 2012 by the Garden Media Guild (GMG)!

The GMG Awards celebrate the very best of horticultural communications, rewarding the talent, skill and inspiration of garden media professionals across the industry. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to put forward their very best work to be judged, alongside their peers, by experts in the field.

Shoot won the Digital Media Award for the best gardening website. Visit our Facebook page for unofficial photo of Nicola collecting the award.

Vectorworks teams with Shoot

Press Release: Computers Unlimited, on behalf of Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc, has partnered with award-wining gardening website, Shoot ( to provide integration between Vectorworks Landmark – the market leading software for landscape design – and Shoot’s award winning online garden design resources.

The new partnership allows Landmark users to generate personal garden design plans using Shoot’s unique offering, which includes information, maintenance and care advice for 13,000+ plants.

“This is such an exciting initiative where customers will be able to quickly add any plant from the extensive Shoot Plant List into their Vectorworks plans, generate plant schedule reports for their customers and send specific project lists back to the Shoot website to create online maintenance plans” said Martyn Horne from Computers Unlimited, the exclusive distributor of Vectorworks in the UK.

The Shoot plant list is available to Vectorworks Service Select Members using Vectorworks Landmark. The plant list will contain the Botanical Name, Common Name, A summary of the Plant Characteristics and the Shoot Database Unique Plant ID. Having added the Shoot plant list to the master Vectorworks Plant Database, users will be able to add the specific Shoot plant to plant objects within their Vectorworks drawings in the usual manner. Users will also be able to export their plant list schedules from Vectorworks back into the Shoot website to create online maintenance schedules.

Vectorworks Landmark software is the industry standard for Landscape Architects, Garden Designers and Urban Planners.  It provides everything needed to design, manage and visualise projects – enabling efficiency, reducing delays and growing businesses.  Its flexible tools and intuitive interface provide superior 2D/3D modelling and design to create accurate site plans.  Features include digital terrain and shadow analysis and cut and fill calculations to maximise soil reuse.

To view the Shoot Plant List you need to be a Vectorworks Service Select Member.  To write an article about what is available you can view the How To Movie.

About Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc
Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985.  The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries.  With a tradition of designing flexible versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies.  More information.

About Shoot
Shoot is an award-winning website for garden designers.  With a Shoot membership, you can create your own personal ‘my garden’ space online.  If you add to your account which plants are in your garden, you will receive care reminders each month by email.  Conceived by Nicola Gammon, a ‘self-taught’ gardener who wanted a simpler way to approach the planting and care of her own garden, Shoot is your gardening resource.  Here you will find the tools to help you create and manage your own garden without the need of heavy reference books.  More information.

About Computers Unlimited Design Department
Computers Unlimited Design Department are the exclusive Vectorworks distributors in the UK.  We distribute a range of 2D, 3D, BIM and CAD solutions for professionals working in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, garden design, lighting design and event design.  More information