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Grow Table by Herstera Garden

This raised plant bed is a practical helper for any urban gardening projects.

From the Spanish company Herstera comes a raised plant bed that is especially suited for urban environments. The Herstera Garden Grow Table is lightweight, easy to assemble and offers a decent soil depth.

With the Grow Table, Herstera is supporting the urban gardening movement, which is gaining steam as many people in large cities discover the advantages of growing their own vegetables, fruits and herbs.

The Herstera Garden Grow Table is a solution for growing plants in the garden, on a balcony or a terrace. It has the ideal height, so that gardeners can work in a healthy and relaxed body position, it protects vegetables and other edibles from pests like snails and it can be adapted into a greenhouse to protect the plants from cold temperatures. The Grow Table is also fitted to be used by people in wheelchairs.

The Herstera Garden Grow Table comes in a large range of different colours. There is also a kid’s version to introduce the little ones to the ideas of urban gardening and urban farming.

Herstera is exhibitor at the spoga+gafa 2015 in Cologne from August 30th to September 1st.

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Reclaimed – Outdoor Furniture in Harmony with Nature

For the production of the outdoor collection “reclaimed – living in harmony with nature” not a single tree has been cut.

The furniture company RS Interior GmbH from Germany has developed a new collection of sturdy and natural looking seats and tables for outdoor living. The philosophy of this range is based on up-cycling and the cradle-to-cradle® concept. This means that the materials used are viewed as nutrients circulating in a restorative way. Every piece is handcrafted and unique.

The furniture is made from 60 to 100 years old wood (pine, elm), which originates from old doors, roof rafters, planks, windows and other used timber. Each part of the timber is different in color, surface, and appearance.

Connections of the individual parts of the furniture are made – where it is feasible – with dowels and pins. Nails are generally not used, because they cannot provide for a permanent and stable connection. Where it is not possible to connect the wooden parts with dowels and pins, stainless steel screws guarantee a permanent connection.

The collection had its debut at the spoga+gafa 2014 in Cologne.

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YOY: A Plant Holder for Your Library

This plant pot spruces up your bookshelf.

The design for this unusual plant pot comes from Japan. It is made by the design studio YOY which is based in Tokyo. The aim of the two designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto is it to create a new story between space and objects.

The book shaped flower pot, which is simply called “book” can stand on its own or it can be lined up with other books on the shelf or on a table. It is made of white PMMA and waterproof PVC. The covers of the “book” can be opened for stabilization and to see the soil inside. The telling title of the book is “The Life of Plants”

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International Green Roof Congress 2015

The 4rd International Green Roof Congress will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. The event will be organized by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 20 – 21 April 2015 at the Raffles Hotel, Zorlu Center.

Accelerating international interest and investment into ecological design is the current reality, either in the forms of environmental planning, urban storm water management or living architecture. The incorporation of green roofs and facades of fantastic scale and biodiversity is quickly gaining a forefront position in global architectural concerns, and a great many professional disciplines will find their fields affected by this change. Whether specializing in planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban ecology or environmental science, informing oneself and keeping an edge on the most up-to-date research and techniques is critical for success. The 2015 International Green Roof Conference in Istanbul is an international summit of experts and leaders in this exciting new realm; a unique opportunity for exchange and discussion of the most current achievements in this field.

Noted experts include Dr. Ken Yeang (T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd), Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Jaron Lubin (Safdie Architects), Laura Gatti (Laura Gatti Studios) and Roland Appl (IGRA).

A pair of workshops will take place on the second day of the Congress. These simultaneous workshops each address an important aspect of Green Roofing. One is practice-oriented, where focus will be laid on the installation and maintenance of Green Roofs. The other is more conceptual, addressing the current state of scientific research and policy formation in the field of Green Roofing. A diverse panel will be present to describe and discuss these two facets of the industry.

The 4th International Green Roof Congress will host important players involved in the promotion of Green Roofs worldwide, through exceptional works of architectural achievement.

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Fleuroselect Declares 2015 as Year of the Sunflower

The international organization for the ornamental plants industry, Fleuroselect, is calling 2015 the “year of the sunflower”.

This marketing campaign is geared towards home gardeners and is supposed to promote the use of sun flowers in private gardens. Fleuroselect is hoping to increase the sales of seeds and plants for producers, suppliers and retailers. The sunflower campaign will be promoted in all major European countries during the main selling period in 2015.

Campaign supporters have the possibility to use a range of marketing materials: A “Year of the sunflower” logo, available in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish can be used as stickers for seed packaging or plant labels. Fleuroselect also provides a library with sunflower images, an instructional “how to” video for planting sunflowers, website banners, press releases and a range of point of sale materials for retailers.

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