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In the garden with: Heribert Wettels (Gardena)

Heribert Wettels – Photo: A. Riemer

Innovative technologies and smart solutions for outdoor lighting, lawn care and irrigation will once again in 2018 be the focus of the IVG Power Place AKkku and the Smart Gardening World at spoga+gafa. Due to the huge success last year, the presentation area of the themed islands has indeed been expanded by around 50 percent. The company Gardena is also on board again this year. In the run-up to the trade fair we spoke with Heribert Wettels, Director Public Relations at Gardena (Husqvarna Group), about the development of the market and about his own garden.

Organic and light: These are the trends for soils and substrates

Palaterra Erde

Among others, the focus of the new IVG Power Places Green at spoga+gafa 2018 lies on soils and substrates. The section was created based on the role model of the IVG Power Place Akku and Smart Gardening World info islands that were successfully introduced at the trade fair in 2017 and aim to satisfy the explicit needs of the trade visitors. In the run-up to the garden trade fair we spoke to Dr. Arne Hückstädt, Horticulture and Environment Expert at the German Industry Garden Association (Industrieverband Garten e.V. – IVG) about the current trends and developments in this section.

In the garden with: Klaus Glaetzner (BBQ YouTuber)

Klaus Glaetzner – Photo: klaus-grillt.de

„Klaus grillt” (Klaus is grilling), that what one of Germany’s biggest BBQ channel on YouTube is called. It is operated by Klaus Glaetzner from Berlin. He posted the first film online around four years ago. Today, the channel has around 150,000 subscribers and the videos, to which three new ones are added every week, have already been clicked 35 million times.

In the garden with: Maik Böhmer (Planorama-Landschaftsarchitektur)

Maik Böhmer – Photo: planorama.eu

In 2017, the German Landscape Architecture Prize was awarded for the 13th time. First place went to the Rheinboulevard Köln-Deutz, the draft for which was developed by Maik Böhmer’s office Planorama-Landschaftsarchitektur. The jury explained its decision as follows: “This presentation of the river basin in connection with a high quality of stay quickly turned the Rheinboulevard into a crowd-puller.” The project also impressed the jury at the polis award 2017 for urban development and was distinguished in the category “More liveable open spaces”. The prize is conferred in cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Baukultur (German Foundation Building Culture) and the Deutsche Städtetag (German Association of Cities and Towns).

3 questions to: Heiko Mencke (Mencke Garden Centre in Sprockhövel)

Heiko Mencke – Photo: Mencke Gartencenter GmbH

The magazine “Mein schöner Garten” (My beautiful garden) has determined the top 500 garden centres and DIY stores with garden departments and published the results in its May edition. Over 8,800 customer opinions on 2,300 garden centres and DIY stores with garden departments in Germany were collected and evaluated for the purpose. In most of the federal states the owner-run establishments came off best. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the Mencke Garden Centre in Sprockhövel topped the ranks.