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.

Germans love their gardens

End May 2012 more than 480 leading DIY-executives participated in the 2. European Home Improvement Forum and discussed trends, customer behavior and market developments. The latest consumer study, done by GfK SE on behalf of the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma), was presented for the DIY- markets Italy, Austria, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands and Turkey. GfK already in 2010 did a consumer survey in Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Denmark and England.

This showed that for the Germans the feeling of wellbeing and feeling at home in their garden was particularly important. But they also like to work indoor and outdoor and love to make a lot of things themselves. 92 per cent of respondents enjoyed very much to spend time in their gardens. Most of the work – planting and watering – they do without any helping hands from outside (also 92 per cent of the participants of the study). Compared with the other countries the German leisure gardeners show the highest rate of gardening maintenance done by their own. The average of all countries is 89 per cent. At the bottom line: Spain with only 75 per cent.

Germans spend on average 600 € per year on garden maintenance and about 1.500 € for plants and ornamental measures. The French in comparison do not spend more than 400 € altogether. Thus, the Germans are champions in spending money on gardening.

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The one and only online garden camping community in the world is the first and only website advertising private gardens as micro campsites. It was launched in April 2011 with an open invitation to all.

As a member of the community everyone is able to advertise his own garden as a campsite or book accommodation in other community gardens. The offered gardens vary in standard from “bumping” (basic camping) to “glamping” (glamorous camping).

And if you are looking for some fancy tents, visit FieldCandy, the exciting design-led brand for tents. Created by designers such as David Bowie artwork creator Terry Pastor, graphic designer Jonathan Zawada, art director Luke Bonner, and Illustrators Emma Bennett and John Wilhelm, each tent is limited to a few hundred and then deleted to ensure exclusivity. The tents come along with extra strong pegs, heavy duty zips and lockable storage pouches. FieldCandy tents are designed for extreme performance activities as well as festivals and more sedate camping trips. And you needn’t faff around buying extras because each tent comes with combination padlocks, a hammer, tent peg puller and indestructible instructions. You even get a grass-scented sachet to get you in the outdoor mood. Good weather not included.

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Monet’s Garden shown in New York

Monet’s Garden is an exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden from May 19 through October 21, 2012.

It examines the life and work of Claude Monet, the Impressionist master by highlighting his passion for gardening and the inspiration he drew from his living masterpiece, the garden on the grounds of his home in Giverny, France. Among the many attractions of the exhibition are two rarely seen paintings by Monet, one of which has never been displayed in the United States. Also on view is Monet’s own palette with colors on its surface similar to those visitors will see on his paintings hanging nearby, and rare photographs of him and his gardens, offering intimate insight into his world.

Monet’s Garden explores the legacy of the artist’s idyllic gardens in Giverny, transforming the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a seasonally changing floral masterpiece of diverse plants, bold colors, and dramatic design. A facade of Monet’s house offers a glimpse of the artist’s view of his garden and the flowers he grew and depicted in his paintings. Other set pieces include a re-creation of his iconic Japanese footbridge and his Grande Allee, draped with flowers.

During the summer, in the Conservatory Courtyard’s Hardy Pool, the Garden’s collection of water lilies offer visitors the perfect chance to see firsthand the plants that Monet collected for his water garden and painted in his famous Nympheas series.

The New York Botanical Garden is America’s premier urban garden. Its special exhibitions, seasonal programs, and engaging activities inspire visitors of every age and interest. The Botanical Garden is an ever-changing living museum, and a showplace of natural beauty and wonder. In the setting of the Garden, visitors will witness how nature inspired Claude Monet and how he developed his art through his passion for gardening.

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A planted royal crown for the jubilee of the Queen

To commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Royal Parks has installed a magnificent floral crown in St James’s Park at the end of May.

The Royal Parks are enjoyed by many for the diversity and quality of their horticultural displays and plant collections. This display reflects The Royal Parks’ commitment to horticultural excellence and will be enjoyed by visitors celebrating the Jubilee in St James’s Park.

It took five weeks to construct the floral crown which is 4 meters tall and 2.5 meters wide. Weighing approximately five tonnes, the crown will sparkle with the brilliant blooms of 13,500 plants in the colours of the coronation crown’s sapphires, tourmalines, amethysts, topazes, citrines and gold. The display even features a planted red cushion.

This planted crown is supported by a steel framework that took four weeks to construct. The 13,500 Kernock Park plants were grown in Cornwall and took a week to put in place. The crown will be carefully looked after by skilled gardeners working for The Royal Parks.

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