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Service for planners: The Practical Garden Day at spoga+gafa

“Garden of the Year 2018”: Garden from the 1950s, redesigned by Koch+Koch landscape gardeners © Koch+Koch Garten- und Landschaftsarchitekten

spoga+gafa 2018 invites garden planners and entrepreneurs to Cologne for a half-day Practical Garden Day. On 3 September, five high quality speakers will hold lectures on current industry themes ranging from designing with shrubs and trees to construction planning law in private gardens.

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.

Urban gardening: Do-it-yourself becomes do-it-together

„Prinzessinnengarten” (Princess garden) in Berlin – Photo: Marco Clausen / Prinzessinnengarten

Six or seven years ago there was quite a stir in the press. All of a sudden urban gardening was the major green theme. Activists, who turned wasteland or the rooves of multi-storey car parks into gardens to grow their own salad and keep chickens, became the media’s darlings. Now that the media interest has in the meantime died down somewhat, we wanted to know whether the people are still keen on joint gardening projects in the cities. Was it just a fashion trend or has the movement further developed?

Smart Gardening is more than simply installing an app

All of the important functions in and around the pond can be controlled centrally using Easy Garden Control. – Photo: Oase

Whether for outdoor lighting, lawn care, the irrigation of garden plants, shading systems for the seating areas or checking the water values in the garden pond – Smart Gardening is currently one of the top themes in the green industry. This is why the special exhibition areas IVG Power Place Battery and Smart Gardening World – that celebrated their premieres last year – are being considerably expanded at the international garden fair spoga+gafa 2018.