Giardina 2016: superlatives for the garden and balcony

Published on 3/11/2016 by Christoph Spangenberg

Spring is arriving at Messe Zürich: from 16 to 20 March, Giardina will be presenting the latest trends for gardens and balconies. And particularly popular for the coming season: romantic garden designs, balcony gardening and solitary plants. This year, once again, the spectacular garden landscapes, unique anywhere in the world, will constitute the highlights of the fair.

Giardina Zürich Garden landscape from the previous year. (Photo: Giardina/ MCH Group)

Craggy rocks, surrounded by maples and inclined pine trees. A harmonious Alpine-foothill landscape in the heart of Zurich, at Giardina. The rocks have been transported from Kandersteg on seven articulated lorries, and then positioned to the nearest centimetre by bulldozers and a crane. And, in the midst of this natural setting: a luxury outdoor kitchen, built into the slope in a crescent shape. A futuristic chalet in 300-year-old wood rounds off the presentation.

A wall of 5000 plants

The "Rock Garden" is doubtless one of the highlights at Giardina, Switzerland's biggest "live your garden" event. From Wednesday to Saturday, visitors are invited to come and marvel and dream and to derive inspiration for configuring their own oasis of well-being in their garden or on their balcony.

Giardina Zürich, Aufbau Rock GardenConstruction of the "Rock Garden". (Photo: Rock-Garden)

The "Rock Garden" is one of the special garden shows. There, in the basement of Messe Zurich, visitors can walk through particularly spectacular garden worlds. Also to be seen is the imaginative "Nauterra" natural landscape, a symbiosis of water, earth, innovation and technology and, covering 600 square metres, the biggest presentation at Giardina. A wall made up of 5000 indigenous plants stretches up to a height of six metres. Alongside it, a 25-metre long ship's deck made of 30 tons of steel and a sea landscape from which a three-metre high pavilion rises up. The pavilion is intended to represent the nautilus snail, which symbolises the romantic longing for eternity.

Trend topic of "contemporary garden romanticism"

Romanticism is one of the three trend topics at Giardina 2016, alongside balcony gardening and solitary plants. The desire for more romanticism is clearly evident amongst female garden owners, in particular, explains Giardina spokeswoman, Marina Kirschbaumer. "This social need could prompt a trend reversal in garden design."

With the sensory overload that people are subject to today, gardens are there to trigger feelings, passion and an individual experience. Outdoor rooms as places of refuge for personal enjoyment and for emotional recharging. Leading horticulturists and garden designers are presenting their interpretations of "contemporary garden romanticism" in the Giardina section of this same name. Spring is here!

Giardina is being staged at Messe Zürich from 16 to 20 March 2016 Details of all the topics, exhibitors and highlights, plus other information may be found at
Christoph Spangenberg

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