With the first warm rays of sun and spring flowers, gardening enthusiasts can once again look forward to getting out in the garden. The first open-air gardening show of the year in the Hessen region, Garten 2012 at the Palmengarten Botanical Gardens in Frankfurt, provides plenty of ideas and inspiration for designing a garden or choosing plants for a balcony or terrace. Over 100 horticulturalists and growers of rare flowers and plants, landscape gardeners, artists, craftspeople and specialist retailers are in Frankfurt for the event, which runs from 15 to 18 March 2012. The products on offer include a wide range of plants and seeds, gardening tools, garden furniture and accessories. There is also a rare plant market with unusual and specially cultivated varieties.