Airplantman Takes the Plants Out of the Soil

Airplants can live without soil. The spiky and colourful Tillandsia plants grow naturally on other plants like trees or on stones, sometimes even on telephone wires. Their independence from the earth makes them very fascinating organisms. The Californian landscape architect, artist and horticulturalist Josh Rosen was captured by the airplants and founded Airplantman. Rosens goal is to create displays for these extraordinary plants that are healthy for them and simple to use. All of his designs are hand-crafted and made in California.

AirplantFrame

The AirplantFrame is a lightweight powder coated aluminum frame, where Tillandsia plants can grow and thrive. The material is rust-proof and the plants are held by strung stainless steel cables. It can be hung anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Right now it is available in the colours Matte White, Matte Black, Matte Grey and Gloss Orange. To care for the plants you can spray them from time to time and submerge them in water once a week for a few hours.

AirplantVessel

The AirplantVessels gracefully suspend sculptural airplants above powder coated steel or hand-finished wood vessels. These floating displays are suited for tabletop, desk or windowsill. They come in three sizes and can be put on display alone or in a group.

Further Information: airplantman.com

Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Hochbeet by Thinking Hands

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce  the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.

Hochbeet

  • By: Thinking Hands, Saskia Drebes, Cosima Geyer, Sandra Spoo, Simon Frambach, Tim Mackerodt
  • Material: Steel tube, hemp cloth
  • Size: 100 x 100 x 100 cm 

„Hochbeet“ is the German word for a heightened flower bed. The design piece by the Thinking Hands group is independent of the ground below and can be used in urban living areas. Backyards without green areas and open wasteland can be used for the cultivation of home-grown vegetables. The raised plantation area ensures a comfortable working posture while weeds and pests cannot reach the cultivated plants. The modular system and the fast set-up enable a step-by-step expansion: From the hobby gardener with one plot to a raised garden for self-sufficiency. With a medium plant depth of 30 cm, the raised flower bed is particularly suitable for plants with shallow and medium-length roots such as lettuce or strawberries. The ‘Hochbeet’ transforms dreary backyards into lush islands and a meeting place for families, friends and neighbours.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at gardenunique.de/youngstars.

Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Pflix by Christian Heufelder

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.

Pflix

  • By: Christian Heufelder
  • Material: Wood
  • Size: 100 x 60 x 100
  • Website: www.pflix.de

Pflix is a modular and very flexible plant system that can be adapted to different kinds of areas such as balconies, terraces, roofs, yards, facades, etc.

The size and design of the planting vessels allows almost all conventional vegetable plants to grow, even miniature fruit trees.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at gardenunique.de/youngstars.

Crabtree & Evelyn Presents „The Avant Garden“ in London

An oasis in the middle of a metropolis: The installation “The Avant Garden” by Crabtree & Evelyn is blooming in London’s Covent Garden Market. The project at this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival has been developed by Emma Coleman, a rising star of garden design. “The Avant Garden” is a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Crabtree & Evelyn “Gardener’s Collection” and the 40th anniversary of the company.

The flower pots of the Avant Garden are made of wood and corton steel which develops an old withered look during the time of the installation. The selection of plants is inspired by classic herb gardens. One central topic of the project is water supply. Every pot stands for a certain amount of water consumed in everyday life. This is supposed to raise consciousness about the people’s water use.

Anna Paganelli, project leader of the Fringe Festival commented: “The Chelsea Fringe Festival helps to present new British talents, companies and communities to the public showing their love for gardening. It was fantastic to build this project and I hope that lots of people will enjoy this exhibition at this famous spot in London.”

Crabtree & Evelyn was founded 1973 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company offers lotions, scents, small gifts and gourmet food. The “Gardener’s Collection” is a product line inspired by nature with natural ingredients and extracts from plants like rosemary, lavender and sage.

Further Information: chelseafringe.com and crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

 

Boskke Sky Planter: Growing Plants Upside Down

The Sky Planter provides a new approach to arrange indoor green: With the flower pot from the New Zealand company Boskke plants and flowers hang overhead – a nice change to the usual method of letting them grow upwards.

A locking disc and mesh holds the upside down plant and soil in place and allows the plant to hang from the ceiling. Its internal reservoir system feeds water gradually to the plant roots. This conserves water, saves time and brings a new aspect to ‘urban gardening’.

Ready-grown plants are simply taken out of their pots and inserted into the Sky Planter. Once locked in place, the pot is turned upside down and suspended from a securely fastened ceiling hook. Extension wires and wall mounts are also available for high ceilings or wall-hung planters.

The Boskke website gives a few inspirations on which plants can be fitted into the Sky Planter and how they will thrive best. Boskke is an exhibitor at the spoga+gafa 2013 and you will have a chance to get an impression of the Sky Planter.

Further Information: www.boskke.com