For a maximum of coolness in the garden

For a maximum of coolness in the garden the new Cool&Soft Glove from TOWA is made of the renewable raw material bamboo and an special patented latex coating.

The special structure of the bamboo fibre helps cooling the skin. By wearing this washable glove, the hand is protected before mechanical risks, dirt and also UV radiation. The Cool&Soft gloves is available in the latest colours rose, light blue and mint green in women sizes 7 and 8.

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Trend forecast for 2013

The focus is on casual, cool lounge chairs and pillows as well as playful creations which invite a person to sit down and relax – while also scoring points for their high quality and design.

Barbecuing is also becoming an even more comfortable activity. Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. At the same time, grills offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. In addition, the trend is toward complete barbecue centres and built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. In order to make the outdoor fun last into the evening as long as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing.

The trend toward brand names in lawn and yard care equipment continues. The overall theme for all equipment is sustainability. More and more, manufacturers are taking into consideration the entire life cycle of a product. Individual pieces of equipment are also scoring points by being quieter and producing lower levels of CO2. The gardening tool sector is focusing on user-friendliness. Manufacturers are paying closer and closer attention to making their products adjustable to fit the individual requirements of consumers.

Outdoor accessories and decorations are a must for outdoor fun at home. Romantic patterns, bright colours and sculptural forms will be popular next season.

At the same time, there is a revival of interest in vegetable gardens and orchards. In line with this development, manufacturers are creating systems for gardening in the city. With the help of artificially lit indoor greenhouses or ecological urban garden systems, city dwellers also have the opportunity to grow their own food. Environmental protection remains the leading trend in the area of plant care.

Trend barometer of the green sector

spoga+gafa 2012 has closed its doors. Altogether, 36,300 trade visitors from 103 countries travelled to Cologne for the green sector’s trend show.

The proportion of visitors from abroad was 58 per cent. “In terms of the number of suppliers and visitors attending the fair, spoga+gafa remains very stable. At the same time, however, thanks to numerous innovations, the uniqueness of its products and the high quality of the event, the trade fair has been strengthened in its role as the leading international garden and leisure trade fair,” says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. On 235,700 square meters of floor space at the exhibition centre, 1,975 suppliers from 56 countries presented their goods and services for making the garden a more attractive, more practical and more comfortable place to spend time. “Once again this year the number of international manufacturers has been remarkable, as has the quality of the products on display. In conjunction with the attractive supporting programme, spoga+gafa has created the perfect foundation for the business success of our customers,” continues Hamma.

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spoga+gafa 2012 in numbers

In 2012, a total of 1,975 companies from 56 countries took part in spoga+gafa (compared to 1,787 companies from 57 countries in 2011).

81 per cent (2011: 80 per cent) came from outside Germany. Altogether, 360 (339) exhibitors and 8 (10) additional represented companies came from Germany; the equivalent figures from abroad were 1,571 (1,408) exhibitors and 36 (30) additional represented companies. Including the estimates for the last day of the fair, 36,300 (36,300) visitors were registered at spoga+gafa 2012 from 103 (111) countries. The proportion of trade visitors from abroad was 58 (59) per cent.

All figures were calculated in accordance with the guidelines of the Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics (FKM).

The next spoga+gafa 2013 will take place in Cologne from 8th to 10th September.

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Garden Painting

A garden painting is a easy product to decorate a dull wall or fence or to create in a easy way depth in the garden.

The collection garden paintings is characterized by nice, trendy images which are printed using the latest printing techniques. Base material is a 450gr. bisonyl and falls into the group of armed plastic. Every garden painting is strung on a impregnated, wooden frame and has a hanging system for easy installation.

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