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

Unopiu Expanding: Five New Showrooms Opened

Unopiu is on a course of expansion. The Italian expert for garden furniture and facilities opened up five new locations in the last few months.

In May, two shops in Bologna and Bari were opened. The brand has already been established in these cities  in the last years, but the new stores are now in a more central and much more renowned area. Additionally, they introduced innovative new forms of presentation for the wide range of Unopiu furniture.

Furthermore, three brand new franchise-stores opened in May and June to strengthen the presence of the brand in Europe. Two of them in the south Italian cities Cosenza and Messina, the third in Zagreb – the first Unopiu-shop in Croatia. According to the company, this is proof for the enormous potential for Italian design in Europe.

Unopiu is now running 38 showrooms in total, 16 of them in Italy.

Further Information: unopiu.com

Weber-Stephen: World Cup Celebration with Thomas Müller

A dream came true for 22 football fans who celebrated the World Cup victory of the German team together with Thomas Müller two days after his return home! This exclusive welcome-back-party over the roofs of Munich was organized by the BBQ experts of Weber-Stephen.

The lucky winners of the competition had the chance to join the five time world cup scorer at the grill and enjoy a four course meal with the support of Weber-Grillmasters. When they asked Thomas Müller about his World Cup experiences he said: “Winning the title was total madness. It will take a while until we fully realize what we have accomplished there. The last weeks have been absolutely awesome. But I am also happy to be back home now, to relax while grilling and then going on vacation.”

Afterwards there was a table foosball tournament among the fans and the winner had a final game with Thomas Müller and won a “Go-Anywhere” Weber grill.

With the winning of the title the cooperation between Weber-Stephen and Thomas Müller is at a peak, according to the company. “It’s such a fortune for us to work together with Thomas Müller.” said the CEO of Weber-Stephen Germany, Frank Miedaner. “We kept our fingers crossed for the whole duration of the tournament, and we are absolutely thrilled about his amazing football skills.” Weber was accompanying Müller and the German fans at the World Cup in Brazil.

Weber-Stephen is exhibitor at the spoga+gafa 2014, visitors can find them in hall 1.

Further Information: www.weber.com

Germans Love Their Kitchen Gardens

A recent forsa survey shows that more and more Germans decide to grow their own fruit and vegetables in their gardens.

Living consciously, enjoying life consciously – people in Germany make a point by consuming more products that are harvested from ecological production. On behalf of the home improvement store chain toom, the market research company forsa surveyed 1.000 German garden owners.

68 per cent answered that they do pay attention that the fruit and vegetables they eat are coming from organic farms. Every second garden owner said that they grow fruit, vegetables or herbs for themselves. Half of those people also mind the natural quality of the soil, seeds, seedlings and fertiliser. 73 per cent of the hobby gardeners do it for fun and, additionally, two thirds do it because of the better taste and because eating your own food is simply healthier.

Another thing that became clear was that garden work is not at all reserved for the older generations. When it comes to growing their own food, the 18-29 year olds are equally busy with garden care as the generation 60+. The most active however are people around 50. 46 per cent of the surveyed who are not working in the garden stated that the reason for this is too little time. One third said that they don’t have a “green thumb” and don’t know if their gardening attempts will be successful.

Further Information www.toom-baumarkt.de