On my last post I promised that I would report on the ever inspiring IPM Essen show in Germany.
This show continues to be the premier event in Horticulture and attracts some 60,000 trade visitors from 46 countries, all looking to learn about the next big trends in Horticulture.
The displays of plants were stunning and it is amazing to see the quality of stock on display at this time of year when the temperatures outside are freezing.
One of the key issues of discussion during this year’s show was the question of how to interest more people in gardening.
There was a lot of in-depth discussion about the competition for the leisure dollar, changing demographics, social interests and a multitude of other contributing factors – all of which appeared to avoid the most obvious way of getting people involved and that is gardening has to be fun, achievable and give a sense of satisfaction.
Think about all the reasons you garden and why the results achieved give you a sense of satisfaction and keep you coming back for more.
I understand and accept that the increased pressure on our leisure time from multiple factors has meant that many of us missed passing down to our children our gardening knowledge and an appreciation of the benefits and enjoyment of gardening, especially when compared to our own experiences growing up.
So, how do we now convert more disciples to our cause?
One of the key items that I spied that makes gardening fun, achievable and easy for kids were some very cool succulents with ancillary decorations like ladybugs, felt flowers, plastic frogs, etc.
The idea here is to provide kids with plants that won’t fail – thus setting them up to achieve success. They can also decorate these succulents to their own taste, which is a great entry point to getting them interested in the garden.
Gen X was also catered to at the show with a vast arrange of Ready-To-Use product mixes and larger plant offerings. By removing the chance that they’ll not be successful in the garden, these mixes are great for the beginner gardener.
As I said however, the show is about inspiration (and some envy as to why I cannot get some of these plants shipped to my home) and as always there were some amazing displays that had me not only coveting the plants but looking at the mechanics of how they were actually transported to the show for the 3-4 days that they are on display.
Here are a few more pictures of things that I found particularly interesting:
Hope you enjoyed these and that you’ll be able to convert a friend, neighbor or child to gardening this summer!