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European press conference: spoga+gafa 2012

Katharina C. Hamma, managing director of Koelnmesse, informed in May during in a press conference journalists from 15 nations about the international garden fair spoga+gafa.

The global meeting for everyone working in the gardening or recreation sector takes place from 2nd to 4th of September 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

Garden unique design contest:
Several new and prominent jury members

This year will see an even better class of garden unique, the exclusive format for premium brands in the garden furniture segment at spoga+gafa. Almost all of the top exhibitors from last year’s premiere in Cologne will be in attendance between the 2nd and 4th of September. Not only that, but other well-known companies such as Manutti, Viteo, Barlow Tyrie, and Solpuri have also confirmed that they will be appearing at garden unique, making this part of the trade fair even more attractive to top national and international retailers.

As well as these premium names, garden unique is again opening up a forum for young designers and their creative ideas. This year there will be a design competition with the tagline “Dining outdoors”. The objective is to design furniture and objects that create the perfect open-air culinary experience. Be it furniture that is easy to transport or a high-end parasol for a picnic, fixtures for outside a street café, or even outdoor cooking, seating, or shade for professional gastronomy serving large-scale events in an exclusive hotel or restaurant environment. This year’s competition will be a boost to its reputation thanks to the addition of several new and prominent jury members: garden unique is pleased to welcome distinguished French designer and architect Patrick Nadeau, celebrated designer Marc Sadler from Milan, and Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of the international architecture and design online magazine “Dezeen”. They will be joined by outdoor gastronomy expert, Herbert Seckler, owner of the scene restaurant “Sansibar” located in the middle of the Sylt dunes. Also on the jury this year are Tobias Lutz, co-founder and managing director of architonic.com, and Ralf Ferdinand Broekman, publisher and editor-in-chief at German architecture magazine “build”.

This star-studded judging panel will select the winner of the design competition. At the same time, the creative community will rate the young designers’ ideas on the platform jovoto.com. The winners will have their designs transformed into 3D prototypes to be presented in the garden unique area at spoga+gafa. Other ideas selected by both the jury members and the community will be shown in a special exhibition. Prize-giving will take place during “unique hour” on the Monday, followed by a get-together to talk about the burning issues of the day in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Further information: gardenunique.de/contest

New trends from Brooklyn NYC Garden Centre “Rose, Red & Lavender”

Sustainability gardening trends from environmentally influenced garden centre “Rose, Red & Lavender” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC. Interview with owner Kimberly Sevilla talking about the trends for spring 2012, specialities in urban gardening like her own fruit stocks, locally grown seeds, coconut based products, popular in demand Mint, peat free ORGANIC MECHANICS® Premium Blend Potting Soil, seeds and her own point of sale philosophy.

Kimberly worked as a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture and has studied gardening techniques worldwide. She and her staff have carefully selected plants that will thrive in urban gardens and in your homes.

 Further information: roseredandlavender.com

Special travel offers:
spoga+gafa cooperating with Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn

Anyone travelling to Cologne from 2nd to 4th September 2012 to spoga+gafa, the international garden trade fair, can this year once again look forward to special travel offers: because Lufthansa is again the official Airline of spoga+gafa, offering participants at the fair exclusive special conditions when they book flights from over 250 foreign cities in 100 countries. In addition to the reduced flight tickets from Lufthansa, rail travellers can get to spoga+gafa by using special-rate rail tickets from Deutsche Bahn (DB – German Railways).

Flight connections from abroad to Cologne, Düsseldorf or Frankfurt can be booked with immediate effect for the travel period 26th August to 11th September 2012 online here. After entering the “DEZUYT” access code, the price discount is automatically deducted or any additional, attractive promotional offers are displayed.

With Cologne/Bonn Airport the central hub of the so-called “Low-Cost-Carriers” is directly located on the doorstep of the Koelnmesse Exhibition Centre. A whole host of airlines are therefore offering flights within Germany and Europe at very attractive conditions. All the destinations serviced can be found here. 

Thanks to Koelnmesse’s cooperation with German Railways, tickets to Köln Messe/Deutz rail station (outward bound and return) are available nationwide for rail travellers at special rates starting from 99 Euro (89 Euro when booking online). Bookings can be made online here or by phoning the Deutsche Bahn sales office hotline (01805/311153) by quoting the keyword “spoga+gafa”.

 

Garden at a stretch
New: Garden isles prefabricated

The Gartenio company from Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) demonstrates what the future of horticulture could possibly look like: The Gartenio-Pearls! With these patent pending pearls, they bring pre-installed garden worlds on the market.

Within a couple of hours, the Gartenio-Pearls can be installed in every garden or roof garden. The choice of garden isles ranges from paved and planted seating areas over a kitchen garden to a little island including a canopied beach chair and even a small beach.

The Gartenio-Pearls fit into almost any garden, as they are available in S, M and L, i.e. from 2.25 x 2.25 metres to 4.5 x 4.5 metres). It took a long time and was a fiddly job until the innovative concept could be realised. The results are wooden boxes with a special mounting, which allows an uncomplicated and safe transport. The garden worlds are being built into these boxes and then forwarded to the client. There they are conveyed to their final destination in the garden by wheel loader or mobile crane. Usually, this does not take any longer than two hours.

Further Information: gartenio.de