“Gardens of the Year 2016”: competition of Garten + Landschaft

The “Gardens of the Year” prizes were awarded for the first time this year. The winners have been determined since 16 February: architecturally clear lines, blossoming shores and expansive greenery received the award presented by the magazine Garten + Landschaft.

In addition to the magazine, Callwey Verlag and other partners are among the initiators of the competition for the German-speaking world. Sought out were private gardens that have been professionally designed by landscape architects or gardeners and landscapers. Called for were holistic concepts and a strong idea behind the use of plants, materials and products. From a total of 153 submitted projects, 50 made it to the final selection; the first place prize winner and three other projects will now be honoured with awards.

The first prize went to the Orel + Heidrich agency for the designing of an expansive house garden in Erlangen. The coherent spatial concept refers to the architecture of the residential building. An existing stock of pines was also cleverly integrated into the planning. The special atmosphere of the garden is characterised by the contrast of strict formal elements and luxurious perennials.

Three other projects were also honoured: the special prize of the jury went to the Design Associates agency, which supervised the renaturation of a wet meadow landscape in Seeshaupt. In the process, the ecological aspects of sensitive shore areas were especially considered. The special prize in the category “Green Architecture” went to a house garden in Bad Zwischenahn developed by Koch & Koch garden and landscape architects. An expansive villa garden in Meerbusch from the WKM Weber Klein Maas agency was convincing in the category “English Landscape Garden”.

All 50 projects including photos, plans and detailed product descriptions can also be found in a book appearing for the competition.

Further information: gaerten-des-jahres.com

Robolinho® 4000: High-Performance Robotic Lawn Mower by AL-KO

The fully automated robotic lawn mower Robolinho® 4000 takes care of green areas of up to 2.000 square meters.

Every garden enthusiast knows that gardening can be fun and the exercise helps you to stay in shape. But for some people this work can become a tedious chore, especially for people who are physically not able to work that much. The Robolinho® 4000 by AL-KO can make gardening much easier.

The 4000 is the largest of the fully automated mowing robots made by AL-KO. It can mow up to 2.000 square meters of lawn, no matter the time of day or the weather. It is equipped with a double-blade technology, which helps fertilizing the lawn: The cut blades of grass are getting chaffed inside the Robolinho and then blown out again, turning into natural fertilizer. The lawn doesn’t dry out anymore, keeps its shape and no green waste has to be disposed. The robot is easy to handle and the cutting height can be adjusted from three to six centimeters.

The Robolinho® 4000 finds his own way back to the recharge station. It can go up slopes of up to 35 degrees without effort and it detects and bypasses obstacles by itself. A code protects the robot from theft.

Further information: al-ko.com


Jungle Gym: Customizable Playground Systems for Gardens

The Dutch company Jungle Gym offers playgrounds for every private area and budget. The playsets can be combined to satisfy individual wishes.

Climbing, running, sliding: Haven’t we all collected some of the fondest memories of our childhood on playgrounds? Jungle Gym designs, manufactures and markets innovative playground equipment that stimulates children’s creativity, movement and coordination. Their range for private gardens includes sets in the style of boats, trains and hanging bridges including swings, climbing walls and slides; playtowers in different sizes, playhouses and extensive playparadises that leave no wish unfulfilled.

Next to the pre-designed playgrounds, Jungle Gym also offers modular elements that can be combined according to the individual wishes of the customers. Some examples for extra equipment are picnic tables, mini markets, etc. and connecting hanging bridges. Small accessories like rope ladders and fireman’s poles can be bought as well. The playhouses “Grow with me” are designed to start out small and as the children grow older place you can lift that same playhouse on a frame to create an XL playhouse with ladder and slide.

Jungle Gym emphasizes the safety of their playgrounds. Specially designed components like caps to cover the bolt heads, Bumper Pads™, handgrips and ground anchors are included wherever necessary. All of their products are tested, monitored by DEKRA (German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association) and have a GS certification.

Jungle Gym uses pressure treated pinewood for all of their playgrounds. Their materials are safe to touch for children, with rounded edges and corners, UV-resistant and weatherproof.

The Jungle Gym playgrounds were exhibited at the spoga+gafa 2014 in Cologne.

Further Information: www.junglegym.com

Gre: Above Ground Pools with Rattan Cover

The Spanish company Manufacturas Gre is one of the leaders in Europe when it comes to above ground pools for the garden. They are offering a wide range of products, including pools in several sizes and in different styles, and accessories for pool maintenance.

Their latest range of pools is equipped with hulls made of rattan. They integrate seamlessly into many outdoor places. This style of pools gives a fresh and sophisticated look and turns terraces and gardens into the perfect places to enjoy leisure time and relax.

Rattan is a material that resembles wicker but has different fibers that create much more striking combinations. This type of decoration is not only used in furniture, the latest pools combine rattan decoration in the outer wall of the pool with steel profiles in grey color.

A pool that is integrated into the garden stands out and gives an added value to it. Rattan pools become the perfect complement to any garden or terrace maintaining natural materials and preserving the taste for elegance.

Manufacturas Gre offers various models in different heights: 120 and 132cm, round or oval shapes and sizes ranging from a diameter of 350 to 550cm, and oval pools with a length up to 730cm and a width up to 375cm.

Gre has been exhibitor at the spoga+gafa 2014 in Cologne.

Further Information: gre.es

STORUS by DEGARDO: Illuminated Plant Containers with Organic Lines

Shaped like river gravel, these pots are a combination of garden sculpture, plant container and seating object.

The DEGARDO GmbH has specialized in the development, the manufacturing and the distribution of lifestyle- and design pieces for in- and outdoors. Their products are being used in the furnishing of facilities, the greening of indoor places and more and more in the landscaping business. But their XXL pots are also growing in popularity with private customers. Objects by DEGARDO are attractive garden sculptures, plant containers, partitions and sometimes you can even sit on them. They are resistant to UV-rays and extreme temperatures and are very robust.

The STORUS line by DEGARDO is an established range of harmonically formed containers that can be used outside in the garden or inside. They feature an alternative design language to customary round and rectangular plant containers. Their organic lines are reminiscent of river gravel and blend in with the natural environment. They come in five sizes and you can choose between light and dark granite or the translucent illuminated version, which lights up and unveils a unique atmosphere in the evening. The latest products in this line are STORUS III, IV and V.

The STORUS II container has been awarded with the Red Dot Award 2014. The statement of the jury was: “The STORUS plant container combines a natural aesthetic with multifunctional product properties at a high standard.” They were also on display at the spoga+gafa 2014 in Cologne.

Further information: degardo.de