Orchids for the Pope: The focus is on cymbidiums as Easter decorations

Main arranger Paul Deckers choosing tall cymbidiums with yellow blossoms. – Photo: pauldeckers.nl

Each year in April thousands of Catholics flock to Rome to celebrate Easter together with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. These images are transmitted all around the world on TV. Dutch producers and dealers have traditionally been commissioned with the lavish flower and plant decorations for the event since 1985.

A spoga+gafa Event for the Public: TAG DES GARTENS – Garden Day 2015

The planning phase for the “Garden Day – the garden exhibition for all”, TAG DES GARTENS, has begun. From August 29th to 30th 2015, the weekend before the spoga+gafa, the end user format is scheduled to take place in hall 8 of Koelnmesse, in the outdoor area and in the adjacent Rheinpark. The first renowned companies have already confirmed their participation in the “Garden Day”.

According to the status in September 2014, garden enthusiasts from Cologne and the surrounding region can look forward to exciting campaigns, novelties and tips from Barbecook, Compo, Honda, Husqvarna, Idealspaten, Lechuza, Lubera, Neudorff, Royalbeach, Sabo, Scotts and Weber Stephen. The “garden exhibition for all” is going to cover the garden in all its facets. Those companies that have already confirmed their participation include suppliers from the Grill & BBQ, plant and soils, garden and motorized tools, decoration, sport and leisure-time sectors.

With diversified events, exciting campaigns and exhibitor novelties, the TAG DES GARTENS addresses hobby gardeners, fresh-air and garden enthusiasts as well as families.

The end user format for garden living is organised in cooperation with the German Garden Industry Association (IVG). The spoga+gafa itself remains an event purely for trade visitors.


Further information: tagdesgartens-koeln.com and spogagafa.com

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