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

Esteras Planters and Fountains by Emsa: The Beauty of Authenticity

The Esteras line by Emsa is characterized by excellent craftsmanship, top materials and a fine sense for forms, colours and surfaces. All products of this line are handmade.

The SmartLine planters by Esteras are flat and round shaped containers with stone surface finishes. Their look is sophisticated and natural and designed to harmonize with puristic surroundings. In 2015, the line is for the first time available in taupe. The other existing tones are black, black structure, grey and grey structure. The SmartLine planters are durable and resistant to light and frost.

The NatureLite containers are made with authentic and natural looking surfaces with tones like rust, warm concrete and lead. The new colour for 2015 is graphite, which gives the planters an elegant slate look. The vases and cachepots of this line have a genuine look but are up to 70% lighter than heavy ceramic materials. Their simple and modern shapes will impress customers with a love for timeless planters.

Esteras is expanding their FountainsLite range for 2015 with the SmartWater fountains. These handmade globes and cylinders have a modern design and authentic surface finishes in grey or black with glossy steel. The fountains are equipped with warm glowing LED lights, which provide for a cozy atmosphere. Of course they are lightweight as well and for retail they come in a practical “take-away packaging”. The fountains are ready to use and need no separate water connection. A pump is included.

Further Information: esteras.de

Graf Rainwater Tanks – Adding a Decorative Touch to the Garden

The rainwater specialist Otto Graf is expanding its huge range of decorative rainwater tanks and extraction units. The new multi-functional Stone 2in1 rainwater tank, the Barrica water butt and the Roma and Venezia stone fountains all combine functionality with design.

Stone 2in1: natural stone look rainwater tank

Following the successful launch of the Color 2in1 product range, Graf is adding the Stone 2in1 product range to its tanks. These tanks are characterized by their smooth granite look surfaces available in silver and lava colours. The simple lines fit particularly well with the restrained colours. Like the multi-award-winning Color 2in1, the new range has two functions. Firstly, the rainwater tank can hold 350 l of water and secondly, it can be individually decorated with a plant cup. Thanks to its height and conical shape, the Stone 2in1 only needs a space of 62 cm in diameter. The Stone 2in1 is available with two integrated brass threads. The design chrome tap, available as an option, further enhances the tank.

Barrica water butt: rustic wooden look

Fans of the rustic style will love Graf’s new Barrica water butt. The 260 l capacity butt looks like a wooden wine barrel. The removable lid is very handy, allowing water to be easily taken out with a bucket or watering can. The lid is also child-proof. The rustic look water butt is available with an additional convenient connection for extracting water using the universal hose set or for fully draining before the frosts set in. To ensure that leaves and dirt don’t enter the rainwater tanks, Graf recommends fitting the Speedy rain collector. The filter is fitted in the downpipe, retains large dirt particles and automatically prevents overflowing when the tank is full. In the winter, the inlet to the tank can be shut off.

Venezia and Roma stone fountains: bella figura

The new Roma and Venezia stone fountains are a stylish, yet easy to install extraction unit. Manufactured from weather-resistant plastic and available in light granite or red stone, these fountains with an attractive natural stone look are fine additions to Mediterranean gardens in particular. The stone fountains are supplied pre-assembled. The low-weight plastic fountains are very easy to install. The fact that the fountains can be connected from below using a standard ¾-inch hose connection makes them particularly useful. Not only are they suited to connection to the drinking water system, they can also serve as an additional extraction point if part of a complete system with underwater rainwater tank. Water is extracted via a nostalgic-looking tap.

Further Information: graf.info

Winner of the Red Dot Award 2014: Watering Solutions from Japan by Takagi

Takagi is a Japanese family enterprise, founded by Toshio Takagi in 1961 . They started out as a manufacturer for precision metal and synthetic casting moulds for the industry and turned out to be the leading producer for watering products in Japan today.

Their products are compact, extremely lightweight, easy to handle and made from durable ABS-plastics. One of the products new features is the soft and gentle water stream with an impressive range that is produced by specially moulded conic holes in the head. According to the company, they have a complaint rate of 0.03%, a sign of the customers satisfaction.

Winner of the Red Dot Award 2014: The Premium Nozzle (Handy Type)

This allround nozzle can be used for various watering purposes. The design is ergonomic, functional and gives a safe grip.

It is constructed for a simple use with one hand. The Premium Nozzle has four continuously variable water streams, which are adjusted with the thumb. The “One-click function” allows a one-handed locking of the water stream.

Watering Wand

The Watering Wand makes it possible to target plants and flowers that are out of reach. When the water is flowing, it balances lightly in the hand. The grip is made of soft rubber and is easy to hold with a wet hand. Just as the Premium Nozzle it has four different spray patterns and the one-click locking mechanism.

Compact Hose Reel

The Compact Hose Reel is a watering set for small gardens, balconies, terraces and for different outdoor activities. It includes a hose (10 or 15 meters), a supply hose with the Compact Nozzle and a storage case. It is under two kilos in weight, but very durable. The hose itself has a special coating, making it easier to rewind and not twisting. Japanese compactness and practicality make it a handy solution and an alternative to the old fashioned hose drum.

In Germany, a selection of Takagi products is available in numerous garden centers and they are constantly expanding their range.

Visitors of the spoga+gafa 2014 will be able to have a close look at their watering innovations in hall 6.1 at stand C029.

Further Information: global.takagi.co.jp

FishPlant: Raise Fish and Grow Plants with Aquaponics

In times of excessive use of natural resources, people are compelled to think about new ways of growing food. The soil we grow our plants on is limited and the amount of animals we can hunt is shrinking. There is an acute threat of overfishing the oceans and the populations of many fish species cannot recover anymore. At the same time breeding fish costs lots of energy and creates waste.

One solution to these problems could be Aquaponics. Aquaponics combines the techniques of aquaculture and hydroponics to save energy and waste, by growing vegetables and fruit and breeding fish in the same enclosed artificial ecosystem. The idea is that the waste produced by the fish can be used to provide nutrients for the plants. The fish provide waste that is converted into nutrients by bacteria. The nutritious water is then given to the plants, which helps them grow. At the same time the water is being cleaned by the plants and the rest is given back to the fish. This way water is saved and there is no need for soil, clay pebbles or a similar recyclable substrate is used instead.

Aquaponics is primarily applied by professional breeders, but the British company FishPlant offers a solution for private customers who want to give it a try. The FishPlant system includes everything necessary for starters. The water distribution between the fish tank and the plant bed is based on a “Flood & Drain” system and works with an automatic siphon. There are two variants of the FishPlant right now: The Family Unit with 300 litres of water can keep up to 3,5 kilogram of fish and is geared towards private breeders and growers. The Production Unit with 800 litres can keep up to 7 kilogram of fish and is geared towards hotels and restaurants.

It is possible to breed edible fish as well as ornamental fish in the FishPlant. The company gives Tilapia, Carp, Trout and Perch as examples for food fish and Goldfish and even the precious Koi as ornamental fish species.

Further Information: fishplant.co.uk