3 questions to: Heiko Mencke (Mencke Garden Centre in Sprockhövel)

Heiko Mencke – Photo: Mencke Gartencenter GmbH

The magazine “Mein schöner Garten” (My beautiful garden) has determined the top 500 garden centres and DIY stores with garden departments and published the results in its May edition. Over 8,800 customer opinions on 2,300 garden centres and DIY stores with garden departments in Germany were collected and evaluated for the purpose. In most of the federal states the owner-run establishments came off best. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the Mencke Garden Centre in Sprockhövel topped the ranks.

spoga+gafa 2018: More themes and added values

Europäische Fachpressekonferenz, Richmond, GB, 15. Mai 2018: Katarina C. Hamma, (Geschäftsführerin Koelnmesse GmbH)

From 2 to 4 September 2018 the green industry will once again be meeting up at spoga+gafa in Cologne. Around 2,100 exhibitors from 60 countries will present the whole world of the garden to the international trade audience. In addition to the exhibitor presentations theme islands, special events and an extensive event programme make spoga+gafa the world’s no. 1 garden trade fair.

Online trade: There are no longer any universally applicable recipes for success

online-shopping – Foto pixabay

The online trade continues to be the industry’s strong growth driver. In the first quarter of 2018, a 10.6 percent increase was recorded compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the current figures of the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (bevh) (German E-commerce and Mail Order Trade Association e.V.). Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is plain sailing for online shops. The competition from Amazon is too tough for many of them. According to the Institut für Handelsforschung (IFH Köln) (Institute for Trade Research), almost every second Euro spent on the web in Germany flows into the tills of the giant.

Right at the top: The most beautiful roof terraces for relaxing hours

High Note SkyBar – Budapest – Photo: Aria Hotel Budapest

Special rooftop terraces are a highlight in every city, because they offer a unique view of the sights and the hustle and bustle on the streets. Furnished with lounge or garden furniture, individual decorations, potted plants, sun sails and shades, many hotels and bars invite their guests to spend exceptional hours in the heights of the city. Rooftop pools are true tourist attractions especially during the summer months. Here is a small selection of the most interesting rooftop terraces in the world.

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?