Published on 3/16/2016 by Giardina
Giardina 2016 is opening its doors at Messe Zürich tomorrow. Europe's leading indoor "live your garden" event is presenting this season's key trends: contemporary interpretations of garden romanticism and solitary plants with character. The garden event of the year is providing fascinating new stimuli.

From 16 to 20 March 2016, a total of 270 leading suppliers from the industry are presenting a whole range of new and exciting ideas for garden, terrace and balcony designs, on an area of 30,000 square metres. This year's sample gardens, which are up to 600 square metres in size, are adding a whole new dimension to the show gardens at Giardina. More feeling and a greater degree of naturalness, combined with the latest technology, are offering visitors a garden experience for all the senses.

Contemporary romanticism is making a move into the garden.
The increasing desire for an individual rapport with nature and genuine feeling is prompting the return to the garden of shapes and vegetation with a natural look. And leading horticulturists and garden designers are responding to this social need. At Giardina, they are highlighting their visions of contemporary garden romanticism, the central theme of this year's show. "We are being guided by female consumers who are searching for an alternative world to their performance-driven and hectic everyday life - a world that can be experienced with the senses. It could even be that the stimulus we provide gives rise to a new design form", says Exhibition Director Sebastian Morlock.

Impressive and versatile projects

Garden designers are interpreting contemporary garden romanticism in many different ways. The "Nauterra" garden world with its nautical touch triggers a romantic longing for infinity with what is probably the biggest indoor wall of plants in Europe and a uniquely designed steel pavilion.
The "Rock Garden" made up of 130 tons of rock, transports visitors into a mountain landscape with a futuristic chalet structure. An outdoor kitchen in solid stone, made especially for Giardina, blends harmoniously into the landscape. This garden creation is characterised by round shapes throughout, generating a naturally balanced atmosphere.
The show garden "In all directions" illustrates how everyday articles can give rise to unique items, setting out examples of vegetation for locations with different climates.

Character plants for greater individuality

Solitary plants are providing sophisticated accents in contemporary gardens and terraces this season. Through their particular growth form, sumptuous flowers or exceptional autumn colouring, they stand out from their surroundings and give outdoor spaces that highly personal touch. At Giardina, leading tree nurseries and garden centres are displaying an unusual selection of "living sculptures" of this type and providing visitors with advice too.

New ideas and designs for balconies and terraces
The trends at this year's Giardina are also reflected in designs for balconies and small terraces. The show has an extensive section dedicated to limited spaces, with a wide range of implementation examples. This season, lush vegetation can be combined with the very latest high-tech systems and design elements. In the Giardina FORUM, interested parties will find tips from the professionals on how to do this. There are free lectures to attend throughout the entire show.

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