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spoga+gafa 2024:

Trends for responsible behaviour in and around the garden

When the coming spoga+gafa invites guests to the Cologne exhibition halls from 16 to 18 June 2024, the focus will be on the green industry's responsibility for co-shaping a sustainable and healthy environment. The garden and BBQ trade fair is picking up on the current challenges and developments of the industry with its new key topic "Responsible Gardens". As such, as an international platform spoga+gafa is also a trend barometer.

'We are taking an initial look at the corresponding trends and what responsibility means in the individual trade fair segments garden living and garden unique, garden creation and care as well as garden bbq', spoga+gafa says.

Outdoor living: Comfort for all and new naturalness
The garden has many functions: It is an area for leisure activities, a meeting point for the family and friends as well as an area of recreation and place of retreat. Outdoor areas have to be designed to suit all generations for all of these activities. Outdoor furniture, sunshades or garden tools that are functionally optimised and easy to operate are thus conquering the outdoor space. Responsible design makes garden life easier: Ergonomically shaped seating furniture, age-appropriate sunbeds, planting tables for children or modular sofas that can be put together to suit the requirements and budget are just some examples of added comfort outdoors.

At the same time, outdoor life is being characterised by a new naturalness. Garden furniture with rounded, organic shapes and made from natural, regrowing raw materials like rattan, bamboo or real wood lend terraces and balconies an authentic character. Metal or plastic are often enhanced by natural materials with a warm appearance. Grasses and plants, bees and butterflies are popular motifs for garden accessories, for instance on cushions, carpets or lamps. Vertical plant systems turn even the tiniest of balconies into green open air oases, whilst lush hanging plants revitalise interior spaces.

Garden care: Regional diversity and continuity in change
The plants in the "green living room" should be as natural as possible today as well. The garden industry offers seeds from domestic regions for example, for all those who love vibrant and species-rich nature. Regional wild and pollinating plants are enjoying growing popularity in the home garden. They are not only decorative, but also good for the preservation of biodiversity. Furthermore, domestic wild herbs, fruit and vegetables are being grown more frequently for the purpose of self-sufficiency.

Grills and BBQs: More possibilities and digital precision
Responsible design means more possibilities for the users. In the BBQ section, diversity increases the fields of application of new appliances. All-round talents like ceramic grills offer diverse preparation options and are suitable for cooking, baking and smoking. What's more, new accessories can be put together individually and combined with grill appliances of different brands. In addition, newer grills can be easily integrated into the outdoor kitchens of other manufacturers or simply converted from a stand-up grill into a table grill. The increased demands in responsible consumption are also making electric grills more and more attractive. Above all, they offer a clean bbq alternative in the urban environment.

The coming edition of spoga+gafa is being staged in Cologne from 16 to 18 June 2024 under the key theme "Responsible Gardens".

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