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Roof Terrace Gardening

Roof terraces and balconies are oases in an urban landscape. As a viewing platform, a theatrical setting or a place of retreat, the roof garden fulfils many needs in the city.

The new book ‘Roof Terrace Gardening’ by Michele Osborne celebrates the elevated garden, showing there is little to beat the rooftop for experiencing an sense of space and light, and enjoying the view. Illustrated with over 300 photographs of sky-high locations, from England to New York to New Zealand, the book offers a range of styles, and themes: formal and informal designs, spaces for entertaining, modern showcases and contemplative spaces. With advice on boundaries, surfaces, decoration, lighting and planting, this book shows how to transform a rooftop space.

Important brands have already registered for spoga+gafa 2013

“Grow on” – that could be the motto for spoga+gafa 2013 and the signs for that growth are all “green”. After all, spoga+gafa 2012 concluded on a high note and preparations for the international garden trade fair 2013 are already in full swing. The results are impressive. With nine months still to go before the event, many well-known exhibitors from Germany and abroad have already registered to take part in the trade fair – 75 per cent of the gross exhibition space is already occupied. One thing is certain, when Cologne once again hosts the “green sector”, from 8th to 10th September 2013, trade visitors can look forward to a diverse product range in the exhibition areas for garden living, garden care, garden creation, garden basic and the premium area garden unique.

“Well-known faces” from 2012 as well as new exhibitors have secured their place in the exhibition centre. New and returning exhibitors include Landmann and WMF. Their participation will expand the product range in the Grill/BBQ area, where they will find themselves in very good company since Barbecook, Outdoorchef, Rösle and Weber-Stephen have already confirmed that they’ll be exhibiting at spoga+gafa 2013.

But things are looking good in other areas of the trade fair as well. Aqua Lung, BM-Massivholz, Briggs & Stratton, Capital Ornaments, Dachser, Elho, EMSA, Fitt, Friedola, Haans, Hartman, intex, IPV, Keter, Koopman, Lafuma, Lechuza, Positec, ratioparts, Ribimex, ScanCom, Scheurich, Sieger, Soendgen, Vannucci and Weka are only some of the companies that will be taking advantage of spoga+gafa 2013 as a platform for presenting their new products and innovations.

The area at the fair that presents exclusive, design-oriented and high-quality products: since 2011 garden unique has been the platform for premium international garden furniture brands at spoga+gafa. Today, only two years after the premium hall was launched, it’s clear that garden unique got off to a good start, continued to expand and is now well-established. Requests continue unabated for presentation space in this exclusive atmosphere. Barlow Tyrie and Viteo are good examples of exhibitors that have been there before and are looking forward to returning. Both of these companies were newcomers to the premium hall in 2012 and they’ve already secured their places in the garden unique area for 2013. The same goes for Emu, Glatz, Nardi, Schaffner, Skargaarden, Umbrosa, Vermobil, Villa Home & Garden and Weishäupl.

Further Informati0n: spogagafa.com

Graines d’Or winners 2012

In the beginning of December as every year the winners of the Graines d’Or prize were decorated in Paris Lido. An international jury selected the most innovative sales concepts of garden centers from eight European countries. Sustainability, customer retention, social engagement und innovation were the most important criteria.

The Graines d’Or prize has been created 27 years ago by the French gardening magazine „Jardineries“. Since three years this originally French prize got a European dimension. Next to five German companies, this year’s competitors came from Belgium, Spain, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The winners 2012:

Next to the three main prizes also some special prizes were awarded. These winners are:

The ceremony in Lido took place on December 5th, 2012 with an audience of more than 600 people. The event in the French capital was accompanied by an international congress with the following speakers: John Stanley, Rachel Doyle, Erwin Meier and Nick Stodel.

Speedy downpipe filter – fitted in just five minutes

True to its name, the “Speedy” patented downpipe filter from rainwater specialist Otto Graf is really designed for speedy installation: simply drill a hole into the downpipe and insert the filter – five minutes it’s all it takes!

To drill the hole using the special drill provided, all you need is a cordless screwdriver. A filter located in the housing of the Speedy reliably stops coarse debris from getting through, which ensures that the water is of extremely high quality. In winter, the Speedy inlet can be shut off using the integrated shut-off valve. Available in a tasteful anthracite grey, the Speedy perfectly matches the colour of conventional downpipes.

Further information: graf-water.com

Garden on Top: Unique Ideas for Roof Gardens

Roof gardens represent the “highest level” of garden design. They are lifestyle oases – classic, modern, rural or romantic – that show nature and architecture close to the sky in perfect harmony.

In the new book “Garden on top”, famous architects and garden designers present exclusive roof garden ideas with contemporary materials, convincing plants, trendy furniture and modern light installations, from all five continents. Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s statement that “anything that is horizontal under the open sky belongs to nature. Roads and roofs should be tree-covered…” is put into practice in a contemporary way. The author, Barbara P. Meister, is an experienced garden and landscape designer, qualified teacher and communications manager.