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Members' Stories

Meet our members, learn about their interest in gardening, how they use Shoot and what they think of us.

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Plant Lovers

Phil Murray does a Coronavirus lockdown tidy up (COVID-19)

Shoot member Phil Murray takes advantage of extra time during the lockdown to give his WIndermere garden a haircut, and gets 10 builders bags of chippings in the process!

Jennet Ward - Garden haven during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Jennet Ward, near Bournemouth. Jennet is turning to Shoot to help keep busy gardening and to stay healthy, safe and calm during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A Japanese Garden in Oxford

As well as growing and studying Japanese plants, Mark Griffiths and his partner Yoko Otsuki sometimes create gardens with them. In these, Mark’s horticultural expertise combines with the aesthetic sense and traditional values that Yoko learnt from her late father, the maker of one of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern Japan.  

Our garden journey….

“There is nothing better than seeing a totally overgrown, wild and unruly garden that has the potential of being beautiful” - my thoughts when I first saw our garden ten years ago ... which after a lot of hard work is now indeed beautiful!

Alasdair Busby - Our Easter 2018 Social Media Competition Winner

By Alasdair Busby, our Easter competition social media winner. Alasdair says "I think Shoot is a brilliant concept and I am delighted to have won the competition."

Husqvarna competition winner

Lucky winner James from Faringdon, Oxfordshire won the Husqvarna Automower® worth over £3,000 in our first sponsor competition which ran during Easter 2017! Congratulations to James and his wife Deborah.

Developing a Turkish Oasis garden using Shoot's garden planner

Shoot member Simon is building a garden oasis in Turkey. The garden is still being developed and Simon turned to Shoot to help plan out the space using our newly improved garden planner software.

A revitalised Oxfordshire garden with the help of Mark Griffiths

My beautiful Oxfordshire garden was revitalised with the help of Mark Griffiths. Sheltered by old walls and high fences, the garden that surrounds my North Oxford home covers about 750 square metres.

Barrie Hedges - Community Leader Profile

Semi-retirement transformed the gardening habits of Shoot community leader Barrie Hedges. Where once he struggled to find time for a "never very productive" allotment and a few flowers and shrubs at home, now he has been able to immerse himself in his long-time hobby.

A plant lover's career

By garden designer Faith Ramsay. I am surprised that I have become a garden designer, as I came from a family without a green thumb between them. I always loved plants and flowers as a child, but I didn't have a clue what to do with or how to grow them.

Rob from Kent loves his Husqvarna auto mower

Rob tells us about his Kent garden and using the Husqvarna auto mower. Sponsored article May 2017.

Maggie is an enthusiastic plant collector

Maggie Jameson has developed from a novice gardener trying to identify flowering plants and weeds into a very enthusiastic and successful gardener all thanks to Shoot. She has now given up her RHS membership in favour of Shoot as she gets so much more out of it.

Interview with Bar Lawson

Designers' Clients

Karen Holley is helping more clients with Shoot

With Shoot for Professionals Karen Holley is now able to extend the range of services she offers her clients. She has also discovered a new way to use Shoot to ensure she can source the plants for each garden design. Other designers might find her work process also useful to follow.

Sharon from Butler Landscapes

Sharon from Butler Landscapes Ltd is based in Shropshire and generally works within a 70 mile radius designing and building for clients.

Gillie Leaf revitalised Mark and Linda's Garden

Gillie Leaf Garden Design has recently used Shoot in an  innovative, new way - by providing a unique garden audit for a  couple of avid gardeners in North London.

Faith Ramsay and Louise Hay Case Study

Garden designer, Faith Ramsay of My Country Design Solutions introduced her client to Louise Hay to Shoot.

Home buyers and sellers

Passing on a Cambridge garden

Tim Ewbank recently sold his Cambridgeshire home and garden. He decided at the same time to pass along his Shoot account to the new home owner so they could benefit from the information about their new garden - like a 'manual' for their new garden. We asked Tim some questions about what he liked most about Shoot and the benefits of the garden transfer to the new home owner.