Owner, Meckelburg Garden Centers
President, VDG (German Garden Centers Association)
Martina Mensing-Meckelburg was studying economy when she opened a first garden center with her husband-to-be in 1984. They expanded until 2011 to 9 garden centers, all located in mid-size cities in the center of Germany. They have 200 employees and focus on plants.
Martina herself is passionate about finding the latest trends for interior design and articles for seasonal decorations. She enjoys traveling to look for new ideas for the garden industry and connect with people to share inspiration. Her 22-year old daughter Mara joined the family-business last year. The story continues!
In 2014, Martina was honored to become the first female president of the German Garden Centers Association. The association counts 210 owner-managed garden centers and 168 suppliers, including producers of ceramics, soil products, garden tools etc. The organization does lobby work, organizes a successful yearly winter conference, and helps its members anticipate industry trends.
Since earlier this year, Martina is very focused on promoting bee-friendly plants all over the country with „Save the bee“, an initiative they started a few years ago together with the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.
- Creating A Modern Garden Center Workshop
- Saturday, July 13 • 7:45 AM - 4:00 PM