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.

Sieger: Two distinctions for outdoor design

The lounge group “Melbourne” by Sieger © Sieger

At the past spoga+gafa Sieger presented its latest outdoor collections. The family company for the two furniture series “Havanna” and “Melbourne” has now been distinguished with the German Design Award 2018 by the German Design Council. Both collections were able to assert themselves as “Winners” in the category Gardening and Outdoor Living.