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Grey Mint, Romance 3.0 and recycling mix – What can we look forward to in 2018?

Trend observer Aafje Nijman – Photo: bureau-nvh.nl

The Dutch trend observer Aafje Nijman is primarily interested in flowers, plants and gardens. Together with Anet van Haaster, she runs the agency “Nijman + van Haaster”. Taking trend analyses as the starting point, new concepts are developed here for various national and international actors of the green industry. We spoke with Nijman about the trends of the still new year.

In the garden with: Lutz Kosack (“The edible city”)

Dr. Lutz Kosack – Photo: Stadtverwaltung Andernach

Urban agriculture, the cultivation of crop plants in the city, is currently a topic worldwide. An increasing number of urban gardeners want to grow their own vegetables and start-up companies are experimenting with determining how one can cultivate lettuce and cucumbers, etc. on roofs and on factory floors. A pioneering role in this movement is played by the small town of Andernach on the Rhine, Germany. In 2010 they started planting vegetable gardens and fruit trees in public green spaces in keeping with the motto “The edible city” (“Die essbare Stadt”). Co-initiator of the project was Dr. Lutz Kosack from the Urban Planning Office. He is also a lecturer at the University of Bonn at the Institute for Crop Plant Sciences and Resource Protection.

The Gardens of the World – the center of international garden and landscape artistry in Berlin

The English Garden was designed by the Austin-Smith:Lord office. Among others, a thatched cottage, a rose garden, a kitchen garden characterized by shrubs and an orchard can be found on six hectares of space. – Photo: Grün Berlin GmbH

In the summer of 2017 the International Horticultural Exposition (IGA) was staged in Berlin. The “Gardens of the World” (Gärten der Welt), which previously already existed in the district Marzahn-Hellersdorf were integrated into the exhibition. Following the necessary dismantling work after the IGA, the “Gardens of the World” opened their doors again in December 2017.

In the garden with: Anna Hackstein (IVG)

Anna Hackstein – Photo: IVG

Anna Hackstein is Managing Director of Industrieverband Garten (IVG) e.V. / Industry Garden Association since September 2017. The business administration graduate has been working for the IVG since 2015 and was initially responsible for the Marketing and Communications section, before taking over responsibility for managing the association originally on a provisional basis in the spring of 2017. The association currently unites just under 140 member-companies of the garden industry and its core competences lie in providing information, networking, PR work and lobbying.