elho: The European Collection 2015

The Dutch manufacturer elho has been in the pottery business for 50 years now. They are one of the market leaders in Europe when it comes to synthetic pottery and related products. With the collection for 2015, they are bringing 67 new products to the market. Their pots and garden accesories are distributed by more than 3500 retailers in over 75 countries. Last September, visitors of the spoga+gafa 2014 had the chance to get an impression of their latest product range.

Indoor Collection

Elho has the world’s largest collection of indoor pottery. The products range from basic requisites to innovative designs. The “b.for soft square” and “b.for soft air” plant holders are fine examples for contemporary and simple designs.

Outdoor Collection

2015 has been declared the “Year of the Balcony”. This inspired elho to create practical flower holders like the “loft urban flower bridge” that can be fixated to railings or the “corsica easy hanger”.

Green Basics

Green Basics is a first step from elho towards a more ecological handling of their synthetic materials. The products of this line are made from recycled plastics. Used products are ground up, processed into a unique blend and then into pellets to be used as the raw material for green basics. One example is the “green basics growpot starter set”, which allows you to grow your own herbs and vegetable cuttings.

Pure

The products of the Pure collection are inspired by contemporary architecture. The pots are handmade from polyethylene and are resistant to temperatures between -20 and 40 degrees Celsius. The “pure soft brick” and “pure cone” are perfect for luxurious plants and create a cozy atmosphere.

Further Information: elho.com

Graf Rainwater Tanks – Adding a Decorative Touch to the Garden

The rainwater specialist Otto Graf is expanding its huge range of decorative rainwater tanks and extraction units. The new multi-functional Stone 2in1 rainwater tank, the Barrica water butt and the Roma and Venezia stone fountains all combine functionality with design.

Stone 2in1: natural stone look rainwater tank

Following the successful launch of the Color 2in1 product range, Graf is adding the Stone 2in1 product range to its tanks. These tanks are characterized by their smooth granite look surfaces available in silver and lava colours. The simple lines fit particularly well with the restrained colours. Like the multi-award-winning Color 2in1, the new range has two functions. Firstly, the rainwater tank can hold 350 l of water and secondly, it can be individually decorated with a plant cup. Thanks to its height and conical shape, the Stone 2in1 only needs a space of 62 cm in diameter. The Stone 2in1 is available with two integrated brass threads. The design chrome tap, available as an option, further enhances the tank.

Barrica water butt: rustic wooden look

Fans of the rustic style will love Graf’s new Barrica water butt. The 260 l capacity butt looks like a wooden wine barrel. The removable lid is very handy, allowing water to be easily taken out with a bucket or watering can. The lid is also child-proof. The rustic look water butt is available with an additional convenient connection for extracting water using the universal hose set or for fully draining before the frosts set in. To ensure that leaves and dirt don’t enter the rainwater tanks, Graf recommends fitting the Speedy rain collector. The filter is fitted in the downpipe, retains large dirt particles and automatically prevents overflowing when the tank is full. In the winter, the inlet to the tank can be shut off.

Venezia and Roma stone fountains: bella figura

The new Roma and Venezia stone fountains are a stylish, yet easy to install extraction unit. Manufactured from weather-resistant plastic and available in light granite or red stone, these fountains with an attractive natural stone look are fine additions to Mediterranean gardens in particular. The stone fountains are supplied pre-assembled. The low-weight plastic fountains are very easy to install. The fact that the fountains can be connected from below using a standard ¾-inch hose connection makes them particularly useful. Not only are they suited to connection to the drinking water system, they can also serve as an additional extraction point if part of a complete system with underwater rainwater tank. Water is extracted via a nostalgic-looking tap.

Further Information: graf.info

Compo: Long-Term Fertilizers with Sheep’s Wool

Gardens are a place of joy for the whole family. Parents find relaxation from stressful work and children have lots of space for playing and running around. When it comes to the choice of the right fertilizer, more and more families are demanding eco-friendly products. Because of this, Compo offers now a range of biological long-term fertilizers with sheep’s wool.

These innovative biological long-term fertilizers are made from 50% sheep’s wool, which is pressed to pellets, together with other organic components. It is to 100% natural with an immediate effect that lasts for five months. Only one fertilization is needed to care for the plants for the whole season. The fertilizer provides long-lasting nutrition supply and has an immense capacity of storing water, which leads to strong growth and rich harvests. The pellets are able to soak in more water than their own weight. This leads to a looser soil and an increased production of topsoil.

The new Compo fertilizer range includes an universal fertilizer, for all garden plants and special compositions for tomatoes, berries, rhododendrons, conifers and roses.

Further Information: compo.com

Wagner: „GreenBOX 2.0“ With More Extras

The mobile raised bed series „GreenBOX“ made by Wagner has been upgraded with even higher user benefit: a practical flap which is integrated into the wooden cover as well as a bottom board now enable the use of the storage space inside of the castor-mounted plant boxes, e. g. for watering cans, garden tools etc.

In addition, new accessories which had been especially developed for the series “GreenBOX” offer additional comfort for “GreenBOX” gardeners. A further advantage: up to now, the rolling mini gardens are available not only in natural wood, but also with a protective finish in the up-to-date trend colours taupe and lime green.

The series „GreenBOX“ had been developed especially for the trend „Urban Gardening“ for “Mini Gardens” in the cities and for small areas such as balconies and terraces. It’s because the desire of self-cultivated fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers is unabated high, even there, where the citizens do not have own gardens – a trend with upward tendency!

The “GreenBOX” comes now with new accessories: With shapely, aluminium-coloured flower pot holders made of powder-coated steel, additional planters can be placed at the wooden cover of the boxes. Made of the same material S-hooks are perfect to hang on e. g. garden utensils, decorative objects or herb bundles.

A further novelty and advantage for the trade: a special pallet placement which has been developed for the spoga+gafa 2014 with mounted sample box allows the eye-catching presentation of the “GreenBOX” with all extras on small space. Just order it ready-to-sale, arrange it and replace it flexibly, e. g. in case of season’s change.

You can find Wagner at the spoga+gafa 2014 in hall 10.1 J046+K047.

Further Information: wagner-system.de

Gardenex: 41 British Exhibitors at spoga+gafa 2014

The Federation of Garden & Leisure manufacturers Ltd, Gardenex, has been bringing together UK suppliers and international buyers at the spoga+gafa for the last 40 years. This year, visitors can once more expect a wide range of innovative gardening products from the United Kingdom.

The Gardenex association has extensive experience of product and supplier requirements in worldwide garden and leisure markets, of which Germany is one of the UK’s most important. For this year’s spoga+gafa Gardenex organized 41 British companies, ten of which will be visiting the gardening trade fair for the first time. Many of the British exhibitors have been awarded £ 1.500 UKTI cash grants towards stand space and fitting costs under an arrangement secured by Gardenex.

Some promising examples of the British products at the spoga+gafa 2014 are a gazebo that can withstand winds of hurricane-strength, solar powered and weather responsive automatic watering systems, new indoor planter covers, gifts for gardeners from the Royal Horticultural Society and vegetable cages from a product winner at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

These are the British exhibitors and where to find them:

Garden Care & Practical Garden Accessories

  • Bosmere Products Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D33)
  • Faulks & Cox Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D38)
  • Garland Products/Worth Gardening Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand C30)
  • Haws Watering Cans (Hall 9.1, Stand C34)
  • Laura Ashley/Treadstone Products Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand C33)
  • Nether Wallop Trading (Hall 9.1, Stand D31a)
  • Nutscene (1922) Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D36)
  • Parasene (Hall 9.1, Stand C38)
  • Straight PLC (Hall 9.1, Stand D32)

Garden Furniture & Outdoor Leisure

  • Bambrella (Hall 3.2, Stand H1)
  • Blastcool (Hall 5.1, Stand C79)
  • Bramblecrest (Hall 2.2, Stand F30)
  • Garden Games Ltd (Hall 5.2, Stand G38)

Plants, Planters and Plant Care

  • Gardenskill Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand E35)
  • G Plants Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D39)
  • Harrod Horticultural (Hall 9.1, Stand D37)
  • Hydrogarden Wholesale Supplies Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D35)
  • Pennine Manufacturing (Hall 9.1, Stand D38a)
  • Strata Products (Hall 10.1, Stand G58)
  • Suttons (Hall 9.1, Stand C36)
  • VegTrug (Hall 9.1, Stand D30)
  • What More UK Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand A29)
  • Woodlodge Garden Products (Hall 9.1, Stand E36)

Garden Lighting and Decoration

  • Smart Solar (Hall 9.1, Stand C39)
  • The Solar Centre Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand D34a)
  • Home2Garden (Hall 9.1, C32)

Garden Tools

  • Crest (Hall 9.1, Stand E33)
  • Burgon & Ball (Hall 9.1, Stand E31)
  • Darlac (Hall 9.1, Stand E39)
  • Greenman Garden Tools (Hall 9.1, Stand D36a)

Garden Clothing

  • Briers (Hall 10.1, Stand A51)

Water Technology

  • Irrigatia (Hall 9.1, Stand C36a)
  • Porous Pipe (Hall 9.1, Stand E30)

Garden Buildings

  • Nordic Garden Buildings (Hall6.1, Stand A58)
  • Trimetals Limited (Hall 6.1, Stand C51)
  • Yardmaster (Hall 6.1, Stand A43)
  • Vitavia Garden Products Ltd (Hall 6.1, Stand A48/B49)

Pest Control

  • Catwatch (Hall 9.1, Stand D34)
  • STV International Ltd (Hall 7.1, Stand E11)

Other Products

  • Envira Products Ltd (Hall 9.1, Stand C38a)

Gardenex can be found in hall 9.1, Stand E34. They have an multi-lingual staff, experienced in the UK gardening industry and export business. For overseas buyers this is the place to gather information about British garden and leisure products.

Further Information: gardenex.com