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Online trade: There are no longer any universally applicable recipes for success

online-shopping – Foto pixabay

The online trade continues to be the industry’s strong growth driver. In the first quarter of 2018, a 10.6 percent increase was recorded compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the current figures of the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (bevh) (German E-commerce and Mail Order Trade Association e.V.). Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is plain sailing for online shops. The competition from Amazon is too tough for many of them. According to the Institut für Handelsforschung (IFH Köln) (Institute for Trade Research), almost every second Euro spent on the web in Germany flows into the tills of the giant.

Urban gardening: Do-it-yourself becomes do-it-together

„Prinzessinnengarten” (Princess garden) in Berlin – Photo: Marco Clausen / Prinzessinnengarten

Six or seven years ago there was quite a stir in the press. All of a sudden urban gardening was the major green theme. Activists, who turned wasteland or the rooves of multi-storey car parks into gardens to grow their own salad and keep chickens, became the media’s darlings. Now that the media interest has in the meantime died down somewhat, we wanted to know whether the people are still keen on joint gardening projects in the cities. Was it just a fashion trend or has the movement further developed?

Smart Gardening is more than simply installing an app

All of the important functions in and around the pond can be controlled centrally using Easy Garden Control. – Photo: Oase

Whether for outdoor lighting, lawn care, the irrigation of garden plants, shading systems for the seating areas or checking the water values in the garden pond – Smart Gardening is currently one of the top themes in the green industry. This is why the special exhibition areas IVG Power Place Battery and Smart Gardening World – that celebrated their premieres last year – are being considerably expanded at the international garden fair spoga+gafa 2018.

German Horticultural Shows 2018

“Experience nature. Live naturally.” is the motto of the Horticultural Show in Hessen. – Photo: LGS Bad Schwalbach

It’s time again at last from mid to the end of April: Five horticultural shows will be opening their doors in Germany. Up until October 2018 they will be presenting new garden trends, lush worlds of flowers and plants as well as first-class garden culture.

In the garden with: Dieter Gaißmayer (German perennial gardener)

Dieter Gaißmayer – Photo: gaissmayer.de

Dieter Gaißmayer is a perennial gardener with heart and soul. He has been running a market garden for 38 years in the small city of Illertissen in Bavaria, which is well-known nationwide. In 2017, the company was awarded the German Horticultural Innovation Prize in the category “Plants”. The jury’s decision was based on the extensive overall assortment of perennials, which contributes towards the preservation of a multitude of selected species and varieties.