10 questions for: is our series of short conversations with the people behind the measurement app smart to plan. The questions are always the same.

Marie-Sophie Schoppe did an apprenticeship as a gardener in gardening and landscaping and then studied landscape architecture and environmental planning in Hanover. For over a year she has been supporting Sascha with his idea of an app for digital measurements in outdoor areas.

In order to get to know the smart to plan team better, we want to introduce the team in more detail in the coming weeks and months. You can already learn more about Sascha and Marco, now it's Marie-Sophie's turn!

1. What was your dream job as a child?

As a child, I always wanted to be a vet, but then I found out relatively quickly that I can't see any blood at all.

2. smart to plan - from the idea to the result. What will you always remember?

The meetings in the parks of Hanover during the corona pandemic! The parks were not only a great place to test the measurement app, but also a creative, lively, green and, above all, inspiring workplace for us. Instead of sitting at the desk in the office, we could move about freely in the park, walk barefoot through the grass, write logs cross-legged or lie on our backs and look at the sky. And it is precisely at such moments that you come up with the best ideas that our digital measurement app has brought to where it is now.

3. What is your plant tip for this time of year?

A shrub or small tree that inspires me with its fine white flower clusters every spring is the rock pear. However, it is not only an eye-catcher in spring. I think it also has very ornamental, partly gray-green leaves and the red to purple-black berries in summer not only look beautiful, they also taste good, which most people don't even know. The rock pear has a great yellow, orange to red autumn color and the shrub is also noticeable in winter with its smooth gray-brown to silver-gray bark. You can't go wrong with this shrub in your garden.

4. What do you like most about smart to plan?

I think the idea of the measurement app is just great, as it can really make everyday work for us gardeners and planners easier. Above all, I find it astonishing that no one has thought of it before.

5. What are the plans for the future?

The next step is now to introduce the app to gardeners! And then, of course, a few further developments are already in the works, so that the measurement and the further processing of the measurements are even easier. These are still in the test phase, but now that smart to plan is on the market, they should follow as soon as possible as an update.

Marie from smart to plan, the measurement app for landscaping
@ Marc Erwin Patzer

6. Why would you recommend smart to plan gardeners in gardening and landscaping?

With smart to plan, you no longer have to buy expensive equipment to help you take measurements. You always have a smartphone with you and, thanks to smart to plan, your projects are always at hand.

Another strong argument for using the app is the uncomplicated processing. In the case of manual measurements, the recordings on the construction site must be transferred to the CAD program. Instead, smart to plan simply exports the measurements as DXF and imports them into a drawing program. This saves you a very time-consuming work step.

7. What do you love most about your job?

I think it's great to be able to work on a project for something that can really help other people at work. A project in which nobody knows exactly where the journey will lead and you are a part of it.

8. Which plant best describes you and why?

My colleagues back then in training used to call me hydrangeas (“hoard them”) (laughs). When we created new gardens for customers and had to take out old plants, I always saved the plants from the compost after work. Sometimes it was just beautiful twigs that I put in the vase. I just never had the heart to throw something away. I will probably never be able to shed this savior instinct and my passion for collecting plants.

9. What shouldn't be missing in any garden?

A quiet green place where you can sit in the sun with a cup of tea and just forget the stress of everyday life.

10. What was the biggest challenge in the “smart to plan” project?

In any case, it was a challenge not to lose heart if things didn't go as expected. In between it was really a back and forth with the development. But we have always remained optimistic because we believed in the idea and the app and we still believe! Otherwise we wouldn't be here now.


If you want to find out more about how the measurement app smart to plan can make your gardening and landscaping work easier, check the features. If you have any questions, please write contact us at info@smarttoplan.com.

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