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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. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to application forms and payment of subscriptions.

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

Membership Plans

Student Membership is for anyone enrolled in a registered certified course in any discipline.  For those studying in the design and horticultural industry, this category can be used as a spring board to Pre-Registered membership.

 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.

Membership Benefits

BENEFITSFull MemberFull Member Overseas Pre-Reg MemberFriend / OverseasStudent MemberCorporate Member
Membership Fees (yearly subscription)EUR 240EUR 240EUR 120 *EUR 50/60EUR 25EUR 250
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
CPD and educational advice on website
CPD activities recorded on your GLDA account
Annual Seminar at preferential rates
Member events run by GLDA suppliers & supporters
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
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
* Pre-Reg member fee is calculated on a pro-rata basis.
If joining prior to an assessment cost is €80 Successful candidates then pay a pro-rata fee for Full membership

Why Should You Become a Member?

Full Membership

Pre-Reg Membership

Friend of the GLDA

Membership Application

To apply for Membership in the GLDA you need to submit a membership application form and pay the membership fees. Only Friends / Overseas Friends and Students need to pay at time of application. All other categories are subject to prior approval.

We will transition to an online form shortly, but until then, please print out and complete the appropriate PDF form(s) below then scan or post them back to us:

Full Membership (Ireland & Overseas) Information
Full Membership (Ireland & Overseas) Portfolio Requirements
Full Membership (Overseas) Application Form

Pre-Reg Membership Information
Pre-Reg Membership Application Form

Friend / Overseas Friend Application Form – pay now via PayPal using button below

Student Membership Application Form – pay now via PayPal using button below

Corporate Membership Information & Application Form


Subscription Payments

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.

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