Join the GLDA
If you are interested in garden and landscape design, professionally or personally, or even if you are just interested in gardens, the GLDA is the home for you and we invite you to become a member. We have a variety of Membership Plans to suit your specific needs and preferences and you can find all the details on this page.
The GLDA members are a genuinely enthusiastic group of people who are passionate about their profession. Being a member has opened a lot of doors for me within the industry.
– Mark McDowall MGLDA
Pre-Reg Membership is for designers setting out on their professional career path. They may be a Pre-Reg Member for up to 3 years as they gain experience. Pre-Reg Members are also assisted in putting together a portfolio for assessment by an external panel of experts. If successful, they are then welcomed as Full Members
Full Members are professionals who successfully pass the assessment and may use MGLDA after their name, or MGLDA (Overseas) if based outside the island of Ireland. They are included in the Designer’s Directory on the GLDA website and may avail of opportunities to promote their business on the GLDA stand at events and via the association’s social media and PR opportunities.
Fellow Members are Full Members who have served 7 or more years on Council, or who remain as members for over 20 years. They may use FGLDA after their name.
Corporate Membership is open to the landscape industry as a whole to help promote their products, services and plants to Full Members, the rest of the GLDA membership and the general public through the website, practical workshops and the GLDA annual seminar.
Any person with an interest in gardening, whether living in Ireland or abroad, may become a Friend / Overseas Friend of the GLDA.
See the grid below for the main benefits of each membership category.
|BENEFITS||Full Member||Full Member Overseas||Pre-Reg Member||Friend / Overseas||Student Member||Corporate Member|
|Membership Fees (yearly subscription)||EUR 240||EUR 240||EUR 120||EUR 50/60||EUR 25||EUR 250|
|PROMOTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT|
|Use of letters MGLDA after your name||✅||✅|
|Use of logo on your website, stationery and promotional materials||✅||✅||✅|
|Included in Designer's Directory on website||✅||✅|
|Included in Industry Directory on website||✅|
|Project leads, competitions, media opportunities||✅||✅|
|Opportunity for promotion within GLDA's PR activities||✅||✅||✅|
|Opportunity for promotion on GLDA stand at events||✅||✅|
|Opportunity for promotion on GLDA social media platforms||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Opportunity to promote directly to GLDA members||✅|
|Access to job vacancies advertised on website||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Pre-Reg workshops and support||✅|
|PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / CPD / EVENTS|
|CPD and educational advice on website||✅||✅||✅|
|CPD activities recorded on your GLDA account||✅||✅|
|GLDA CPD Days||✅||✅||✅|
|Annual Seminar at preferential rates||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Member events run by GLDA suppliers & supporters||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|NETWORKING & COMMUNICATION|
|GLDA Journal - Members' e-Newsletter||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Subscription to Compass Magazine||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Local and national networking opportunities||✅||✅||✅|
|Feature on GLDA social media channels||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Opportunity to enter appropriate categories GLDA Awards||✅|
|Finalist and Winner logos supplied for use online||✅|
|One year's free membership for both winners & 2 runners up in each category||✅|
|Free entry to GLDA Seminar for winners & 2 runners up in each category||✅|
|Promote Awards success on GLDA website and newsletter||✅|
|Access to online discussion forum||✅||✅|
|Contract templates for purchase / download||✅||✅|
|GLDA site boards||✅||✅|
|CONTRIBUTING & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES|
|Opportunity to join GLDA Council (address in Ireland required)||✅||✅|
|Opportunity to join GLDA Sub-Groups||✅||✅||✅|
|Can attend and contribute at GLDA annual AGM||✅||✅||✅|
|Vote at GLDA annual AGM (if living and working in Ireland)||✅||✅|
|Volunteer on GLDA stand at industry events e.g. Bloom||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Volunteer & opportunities to promote your business at other events in Ireland e.g. Ideal Homes Show||✅||✅|
Why Should You Become a Member?
Friend of the GLDA
To apply for Membership in the GLDA you need to submit a membership application form and pay the membership fees.
We will transition to an online form shortly, but until then, please use the following PDF forms:
Our professional members will receive an invoice to pay their annual membership fees. Payment may be made by online bank transfer or by sending a cheque to the GLDA at the address shown on the invoice.
Student Membership Fees should be paid via the PayPal process below or by cheque sent to the GLDA. Bank details for payment by transfer are available on request.
Subscription fees for Friends and Overseas Friends of the GLDA should be paid via this PayPal button or by cheque sent to the GLDA. Bank details for payment by transfer are available on request.