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Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017

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www.greenworldmag.com.au

Events

conducted food demonstrations. During the

demonstrations Bart shared plenty of cooking tips

with visitors, and his food was delicious.

Australian company Vegepod was a first-

time exhibitor at spoga. The Sydney-based

manufacturer of raised vegetable beds and

accessories showcased their range of self-

watering, covered Vegepods, available with

stands and now with casters.

Matt Harris and Simon Holloway from

Vegepod, who were manning their stand, said

they were pleased with the event. “Our presence

at the show backed up the expansion of our

business into international territory,” said

Simon. “Being at spoga+gafa made our Vegepod

products and brand visible to a global market.”

Their stand was easy to find as it included

signage located high above the stand giving the

brand visibility from many different vantage

points. They have rebooked for 2017.

Trends

As well as catching up with customers and

suppliers, spoga also keeps the world informed

about what’s new and trending in outdoor living.

Bringing nature into the backyard is a hot

trend right round the world and one that

continues to gain momentum. The busiest

display stands were those that featured insect

hotels (homes for insects such as native bees),

wild bird products and wildflower seeds.

Many exhibitors also focused on products for

small urban gardens, balconies and courtyards

and especially those that make gardening

and enjoying backyards of any scale more

enjoyable. Outdoor and patio lights, lightweight

furnishings and containers along with vertical

garden systems were all on show. Vertical garden

standouts were the SkALE Greenwall System

from Greenwall Solutions, and a pot-less plant

display by Artevasi Wonderwall from Portugal.

In keeping with bringing nature into urban

areas, natural finishes, textures and soft lines

were very much in evidence for outdoor

furniture, containers and other decorative items.

Neutrals and pastels with splashes of lime green

to catch the eye predominated. While white and

grey planters remain the top sellers, carefully

arranged displays showed it’s important to mix in

seasonal colours to draw attention, keep on trend

and create visually appealing displays.

Faux is the new black. Leading planter

manufacturers showcased their latest products

and natural-look finishes were highlights on

many of the stands. Capi, Lechuza and Elho’s

products particularly caught the eye. The quality

and appearance of these natural-look products is

getting better. They look real and the lightweight

characteristics make shipping, installation and

design easier. Finishes included concrete,

Australian exhibitors

at spoga+gafa 2016

ABSCO Industries

Amalfi Woodfired Ovens

Beefeater

Endurashed

Everdure

Globel Industries

Golden Delta Australia

Good Living Global

Greenwall Solutions

Osmen Design

Vegepod

Cologne in Germany is the picturesque setting for the annual trade fair spoga+gafa.