New! Plant List Import

We are very pleased to tell you that the new plant list import feature is now live. This new feature is useful for those who want to add many plants to a garden’s plant list all at one time quickly. Please login and try it out.

You can find the new Plant list import on your Garden Notebook page, My Garden pages and Plants List pages. Export a list of all plants listed in Shoot, mark your garden plants selection with an ‘x’, add plant notes and plant group, save and import again.

Please let us know how this works for you too by commenting here.

Beat The Hosepipe Ban

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) welcome the news from the water companies that landscaping and turf businesses are exempt from the hosepipe ban as of today.

The adjustment to the Temporary Use Ban by the seven water companies in the south and east of England allows gardening businesses and their customers to use hosepipes to water newly laid turf and plants, for up to 28 days from planting.

This decision comes as it was confirmed that the record rainfall experienced in April and continuing rain in May has reduced the severity of the ongoing water shortage in the South and East of England although groundwater levels still remain exceptionally low and the hosepipe bans remain in place.

Chelsea Fringe

The first ever Chelsea Fringe begins today and runs for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London.  It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.

Garden Art Exhibition

Nicola visited the opening day of the Garden Art Exhibition hosted by Maureen Michaelson in Hampstead NW3 5AD.  A personal favourite is this sculpture by Peter Clarke.

Cerelith by Peter Clarke

This exhibition  features innovative artworks by seven UK-based artists, designed to enhance and enliven even the smallest domestic garden.  The artists work in a range of materials including copper, ceramic, slate, glass and willow. Items will include seats, tables, sculpture, installations and planters – all affordable and all designed to suit our climate. Another favourite is this birdbath by Sarah Walton.

Birdbath by Sarah Walton

There will be an artists talk featuring Jonathan Garratt and Lisa Pettibone on Sunday 20 May at 3pm. This is a glass sculpture by Lisa

Glass Sculpture by Lisa Pettibone

More about the Chelsea Fringe

The Fringe is a brand new initiative, entirely volunteer-run in its first year. It’s all about harnessing and spreading some of the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.

Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe will explode out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. It will range from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

The Fringe will showcase a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond.  Contributors will create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks.  The full programme will be unveiled in the run-up to the festival.

The Chelsea Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Festival Director Tim Richardson.  All progress to date has been achieved by a team of dedicated volunteers donating their time and money.

New Pinterest Pinboards

We have just opened a new Pinterest account with images of gardening things we love. Please take a browse through our pin boards such as Gardens Designed in the City, or Flower baskets.

We hope you will use Pinterest too! For example are you thinking about overhauling your garden? Why not create a gardening moodboard! First you need to request a login as Pinterest is currently still invitation only. Once you get a login, you can ‘pin’ photos of inspirational gardens, show gardens, designer gardens, and other members’ gardens you find on Shoot as well as plants you love and so onto a mood board of your own. If you do and you use images from Shoot please contact us and we will re-pin your board from our account.

We hope you have fun with Pinterest. Please let us know how you use it!


Website of the Year Finalist!

Website of the Year Garden Media Guild

For the 3rd year Shoot has been selected as Finalist Website of the Year by the Garden Media Guild. The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the very best of horticultural communications in diverse media.

The Garden Media Guild (GMG) is an association that brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades. The Garden Media Guild’s aims are to raise the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting, and keep members up-to-date with events in the world of gardening and horticulture.

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to the new Shoot blog! We will update you here about Shoot services, planned improvements as well as profile the business community we work with. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments.