Independent garden center show: Garden pots


If you were a buyer for an independent garden center and looking for large, modern, indoor and outdoor pots and planters for the millennial crowd, the 2009 Independent Garden Center Show was a shame. richness.

I couldn’t believe the size of some of these pots, they were big enough to plant a full-sized adult. Modern planters caught my eye, although they would not be out of place in my humble garden. But I wasn’t the target for them, they’re made for the condo and townhouse set, but they were really fun to look at.

Here are some photos of planters that I liked.

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The “Eye Ain’t” rectangular planters from Crescent Garden. Rectangular planters designed to reflect light and cast shadows to accentuate the wavy design.

Interesting modern design planters by Bamboo accents reminded me of Star Trek

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Last year I was blown away by the Lechuza self-watering planters which combine elegant design with foolproof watering. It was pretty neat to see them at local garden centers this year after talking to the company at the last show. This year they showcased some new shapes and textures for indoor and outdoor container gardens.

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When Is saw these planters on Tuesday on my first walk through the exhibition hall from afar, I thought they were tire planters or at least recycled rubber. It turned out that was not the case. DEROMA Group pots by Marshall Pottery, Inc.

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Garden pots by The pottery patch.

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If you are not afraid of color in the garden, a great way to add them is to choose colorful garden pots. Lots of shiny glazes and textures created by faux aged and in the form of jars. These are by Orlandi, here in Chicago.

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I really liked these jars by Braun Horticulture. I liked them even more when I learned they were infused with a foam mixture that grows when the pots are kept moist. I have already collected some moss and mixed it with buttermilk and painted the mixture on terra cotta pots to achieve the look that the pots will eventually develop on their own. They also have a line of large, rectangular, false bottom pewter pots that they market to millennial gardeners.

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Not as big and chic as some of the garden pots I spotted, but I liked this range of pots by Rosso International. They are made from bamboo and are biodegradable, plus bamboo is a sustainable resource.

There were so many pots, more than plants and other gardening tools. Even though I attended two days of the IGC show, I was not able to visit all the stands and photograph them. This is only a small part of what was available.

If you’re looking for modern Chicago planters, try Sprout Home. If you need large planters like the ones pictured here, I’ve seen them at City Escape.