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Shoot People's Garden Awards 2008

Public voting has now ended and we are pleased to announce the award winners for 2008! Please see our award winners below.

Shoot People's Garden Awards Winners 2008

Gold Gold Winner Jenny's Courtyard belonging to Jenny O'Donovan
Silver gilt Silver Gilt Winner My garden belonging to Palustris Katz
Silver Silver Winner My garden belonging to Debbie Burt


Bronze Winner Annie and Gerald's garden belonging to Annie Eagle

Shoot's Childrens Garden Award

Bulter Centre School Garden belonging to Juliet Teare

The short-list of nominees were:

The garden at 28 Kensington Road, Bristol.U.K belonging to Grenville Johnson
Jenny's Courtyard belonging to Jenny O'Donovan
Little piece of paradise belonging to Jacqui Broadbridge
Annie and Gerald's garden belonging to Annie Eagle
Anthony & Barbara's Cottage Garden belonging to Anthony Ellis
Over the wall at Barton Cottage belonging to Colin Pilcher
My garden belonging to Gill Bourbage
Lang Rigg' on the Forth belonging to Kelly Faughnan
My garden belonging to Margaret Armitage
My garden belonging to Palustris Katz
My garden belonging to Debbie Burt
My garden belonging to Diane Clayton-Smith

Shoot's Childrens Garden Award

Bulter Centre School Garden belonging to Juliet Teare

The Awards:

For the second year running, we are giving green-fingered gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to receive recognition for their garden with the Shoot People's Garden Awards. No matter how big or how small your garden, you are eligible to win if you share your beautiful garden with other like-minded gardeners in our member's directory. See last year's winners by clicking here.


Gold Gold £1,000 worth of garden vouchers
Silver gilt Silver Gilt £500 worth of garden vouchers
Silver Silver £300 worth of garden vouchers


Bronze £100 worth of garden vouchers

In 2008 we are also adding a new category called Shoot's Childrens Garden Award worth £300 of garden vouchers aimed at childrens gardening initiatives in schools.

The criteria:

1. Overall impression - the garden's visual impact and originality
2. Overall design - unity, balance and scale
3. Construction quality - the garden's overall construction and finish. It's important to get the balance right and overuse of hard landscaping can count against a garden
4. Planting design - the use of colour, texture, association, relevance to the overall design, quality and finish

For the Children's Award we will also consider children's involvement & learning in a school environment - we will look at their comments and participation with the online gardening planning tools available with Shoot. We also encourage descriptions by the children themselves about what they have gained from their School's gardening initiative.

Entry requirements:

Entrants must publish their garden with a photo and at least 8 plants into the member's directory on shootgardening.co.uk. Publishing your garden is FREE. Open to UK residents only.


• Deadline for publishing entries is 31st July 2008
• Short-list nominations of 12 gardens will be announced on 31st August 2008 by the expert panel
• Voting by the general public will take place during September and will close on 21st September
• Awards winners will be announced by 30th September

Meet the judges:

Charlotte Rowe

Charlotte roweCharlotte Rowe trained as a landscape designer after many years in senior roles in PR, public affairs and marketing in London and Sydney. She set up her garden design studio in London in 2004 after graduating from the Oxford College of Garden Design with a post-graduate diploma in Residential Garden Architecture. Since then she has worked on urban and rural design projects for private clients both in the UK and overseas. She has designed show gardens at the Urban Gardens Show in 2005 and at the Daily Telegraph/House and Garden Fair in 2006, where her Morocco Garden was one of two feature gardens showing how gardens change from day to night.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew fisher tomlinAndrew Fisher Tomlin trained in horticulture at Askham Bryan College and is one of the country's leading garden designers with his company designing gardens across Europe. Andrew is a past Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers, the UK's professional body for garden design, and was named Garden Designer of the Year in 2006. His company is currently creating what will be the largest roof gardens in the UK and an eco destination project in Cyprus, amongst many residential gardens.

Catherine Heatherington

Catherine heatheringtonCatherine studied garden design at Middlesex University and Capel Manor before setting up her own practice in London. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and is increasingly known for designs both urban and rural, which take contemporary ideas into settings where they link with both architecture and the wider landscape. Catherine writes regularly for garden design publications and is the co-author of "A New Naturalism".