Lechuza: Stylish Planters Made in Germany

Lechuza planters for indoors and outdoors have been satisfying customers and business partners for almost over 15 years now. The products that impress with functional design, light weight and smart accessories are made in Germany by the geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG, also known for the popular Playmobil toy line. The planters use a sub-irrigation system that can feed the plants with saved water and nutrients for up to twelve weeks.

The new column planter in Lechuza’s Cubico line is the Cubico Alto that could be seen at the spoga+gafa 2013. With its 105 cm it is quite tall but its narrow base takes up very little space, bringing greenery to areas where space is limited. It is also exceptionally sturdy – something that is crucial for use in public buildings.

The Cottage series has a natural wicker look that goes well with modern outdoor furniture and comes in a variety in shapes, sizes and colours. The Trio Cottage is a plant trough that comes in two sizes and has three separate water containers that allow the plants to have water supply for weeks.

The Cascada Color is a planter that can be a kitchen garden, a pot for herbs or a flower tower. Its modular built-up makes it possible to use the pots individually or to assemble them to a presentable tower that can fit up to 13 plants.

Further Information: lechuza.com

3 questions to: Çağla Işin Alemdar (Garden Igloo)

Among the many eye-catchers at spoga+gafa 2013 were the two cosy looking igloos in hall 9. We sat down in one of them and spoke to Çağla Işin Alemdar from Istanbul, who designed the Garden Igloo and is now distributing them from Berlin.

This igloo is so spacious; we can stand upright and walk around. What did you have in mind when designing the Garden Igloo?
The idea behind the Garden Igloo is to get a multi-purpose dome in the garden that is easy to build and can be used throughout the whole year. There are so many applications and target groups! You can use it to relax during the daytime and there is enough space for a lounger, a table and several seats, so that your friends can join in the evening. It can also be a playground for children and people are even using it as cover for their Jacuzzi in the winter. Also, the Garden Igloo can be used by hobby gardeners as a greenhouse to grow plants or as a garden shed.

You said it can be used all year round. So the igloo can be kept outside no matter how the weather is?
Yes, depending on which of the exchangeable covers you use it keeps cool in summer and protects from cold in winter. Snow glides off and because of its geodesic shape it can cope with wind speeds of up to 120 km/h. The standard package comes with the Light Canopy Cover and the transparent Winter Garden Cover. Additionally there are other covers available, for example the Green House Cover, the Camouflage Cover or the Mosquito-Net Cover. All materials are 100% recyclable. 

Do you need professional help to put up the Garden Igloo?
No, you can do it easily on your own! The package comes with a manual and you don’t need any tools for the installation. On our website we have a video that shows two of our guys putting the igloo up in less than 18 minutes.

Further Information: gardenigloo.com

Romberg Powerplaant – All You Need for Plant Propagation

With the new brand Powerplaant the German company Romberg presented an assortment of products for the ambitious and technical enthusiastic amateur gardener at spoga+gafa 2013.

The propagator models differ in size and equipment depending on what kind of plants you want to grow and what space you have available. They all have a transparent cover with ventilation slides that ensure simple climate control.

Two of the Powerplaant models are equipped with illumination units, the smaller one, Lumio, with 12 watt and the larger one, Lucio, with 24 watt. The models Gian and Nando include a PVC covered and acid-resistant heating mat and the propagator set Maximus complete has 2 x 24 watt lighting, a heating mat and as extras a thermostat and an integrated digital automatic timer.

For the seedlings and cuttings there are special pellets available that are peat-free and made of coir substrate with a special nutrient mixture.

Further Information: romberg.de


Strong Scissors by Master Garten

At spoga+gafa 2013, German Company Master Garden unveiled new compact and durable garden scissors.

What’s innovative is the integrated gear technology made from stainless steel which allows sticks and branches with up to 20 mm size to be easily cut with one hand. The XtremeGe Tec-Compact C1 is made for men and women alike and is geared towards the home gardening sector.

Further Information: www.master-garten.com

Patrick Blanc, Vertical Garden Pioneer

Patrick Blanc is a botanical visionary like no other. From a young age on he dedicated his life to the vast diversity of plants, starting in his teens when he experimented by building biological plant filters for his aquarium. Later the Parisian studied tropical botany, scouted through the rainforests around the world and researched the growth habits of plants. One of his most important insights was that plants don’t really need soil to grow healthy. A huge number of plants thrive perfectly fine in nature on vertical surfaces without earth or any solid substrate. Only water with minerals, light and carbon dioxide are essential for photosynthesis.  

Blanc applied his knowledge about vegetation to his vision of a vertical garden; if plants can grow on sandstone and in caves, why not on man-made walls? His invention is a system that consists of a metal framework, a PVC layer and a layer of felt. The rot-proof textile absorbs water and the plant’s roots can grow on it. Blanc’s first projects in the 1980s were very successful and he patented his ideas in 1988 and 1996. He was celebrated by garden experts and artists alike and since then he is regarded as a fusion of a gardener, an artist and an architect. Nowadays he designs and builds vertical gardens all over the world, from San Francisco to Tokyo.

In this increasingly urbanized world nature is in a constant retreat. The fixing of plants onto the outsides of buildings is not only done for visual effects: Vegetation is becoming more and more important for the well-being of the city dwellers. It cleans the air from toxic pollutants and saves energy by providing protection from the hot sun in the summer and insulation from the cold in the winter.

In Sydney, Patrick Blanc is now working on his masterpiece: The 166 meter tall multi-functional tower complex One Central Park will have the biggest vertical garden in the world on its outer structures. Hundreds of species of native and exotic plants will flow down the walls like a green waterfall. Together with a LED installation by acclaimed light artist Yann Kersalé, the building will change the skyline of the Australian metropolis in a spectacular way. The One Central Park is scheduled to open next year.

Further Information: www.patrickblanc.com