This year’s design brief is to create: ‘a greener space that can add peacefulness into a very busy setting’.


It is important that we create ‘Green Oases’, pocket parks that soften the hard landscape of urban environments, screen traffic noise and lessen the heat island effect.


The improvement of city ecology, how the effects of climate change can be mitigated through sustainable drainage systems, and the planting of these spaces, are important factors to attract pollinators into our cities whilst giving people access to the natural environment.


All this makes the topic for this year’s Garden & Landscape Designers Association Student & Graduate Design Competition even more relevant. Sponsored by Millbrook Paving Centre and The Kildare Gallery at Carton House in association with Dublin City Council (who identified a site on Dublin’s Quays for use in the competition), entrants must create a green space that can add peacefulness into a very busy, heavily trafficked, city centre setting.


Applications are open to two categories:



  • Any STUDENT on the Island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture related course or landscape skills training course.


  • Any GRADUATE from the above approved courses who qualified in 2019 – 2020.



  • Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
  • Best Category Two (Graduate) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
  • Best Innovative Concept Detail Award 2020 – trophy
  • Best Planting Design 2020 – trophy

The winner plus up to 2 runners-up from each category will each receive FREE entry to the GLDA Seminar in February 2021 plus GLDA Membership (Pre-Reg or Student) for 2021.


Online entries must be received by 15th January 2021.


To find out more or to request an application pack and design brief, email

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GLDA Annual Seminar 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020

Seminar Programme & Information


If you purchase more than one ticket, please email with the names of all attendees.


Full Member, Friend & Pre-Reg Ticket €95.00


Non-Member Seminar Ticket €120.00

Friend Ticket & 1 yr Membership €145.00


Student Ticket & 1yr Membership €55.00

(Student ID required – please scan to



Non-Member GROUP rate (10+ tickets) €110.00 per person


If you prefer to pay by cheque, please download and complete this Booking Form, make your cheque payable to GLDA, and return it via post to the address on the form.

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Garden Design Clinics at RHSI Summer Show

As part of this year’s RHSI Summer Show at Russborough on Sunday 28 July, the Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) are offering garden design clinics from 11:00 am – 3:40 pm


Pre-booking is available on the RHSI website using the links below. Twenty minutes slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. First available slots are at 11am. The last slots of the day will be sold for 3.40pm. GLDA designers are all qualified and experienced.


Cost €30 per 20 minute slot with proceeds shared between the RHSI and the Alfred Beit Foundation. To access the design clinic you will also need to buy a ticket for the Garden Show. You can do this on-line through the RHSI website or you can buy your ticket at the gate on the day.


It is important to note that you will be assigned a specific time slot for the design clinic. Please go to the design clinic area no less than 5 minutes before your assigned time and let the GLDA or RHSI volunteer at the entrance know you are there.


Please bring your garden dimensions and aspect, photographs of your garden from several angles and at different times of the day and a soil analysis if possible.

Design Clinic Bookings:

(non-members RHSI):

(members of RHSI):

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GLAS 2019

Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Citywest Event Centre and Hotel, Saggart, Co Dublin

Click here to per-register you and your colleagues for this unmissable event for professionals in horticulture, sportsturf and related industries.

Capitalise on improved consumer sentiment at GLAS 2019

Improved consumer buying sentiment means more sales opportunities for the industry. Help your business capitalise on this improved sentiment by attending GLAS 2019


Proudly supported by Bord Bia, Ireland’s premier horticulture trade show – the Garden Landscape and Amenity Sportsturf (GLAS) trade show – is an invaluable one-day opportunity for professionals in horticulture, sportsturf, and related industries.


A visit to GLAS is essential for seeking innovative solutions and cost saving ideas – to discover products, services, and concepts that will help both you and your organisation.


GLAS 2019 will offer attendees the chance to inspect the latest machinery hitting the Irish market in the Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park; attendees will also be on-hand to witness the crowning of the Best New Product and Best New Plant, at the New Product New Plant Awards; retailers will have the opportunity to see the latest trends in Point-Of-Sale (POS) and Point-Of-Purchase (POP) merchandising at the SEL Retail Merchandising Showcase; pursuers of information and education will not have to look far as a host of industry leaders will present in-depth lectures and presentations at the expanded Learning Theatres, sponsored by Bord Bia and Teagasc; and of course the Bord Bia Thinking House will be on hand to provide the trade with the latest publications and advice for the horticulture trade.


GLAS 2019 will feature the brand new Careers Hub, where attendees and exhibitors will meet their customers and even their potential employees of tomorrow. The Careers Hub provides for an informal networking opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to meet with final year students, graduates, and alumni. The focus will also be on the value of up-skilling those currently working in the industry.


Also new for GLAS in 2019 is The Landscape Show: a show-within-a-show that brings together all of the expertise from the landscaping sector – supported by the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI), the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI), and the Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA), who will also be on hand to meet new and existing members. The Landscape Show at GLAS will feature exhibits from the leading suppliers, as well as informative talks in the Learning Theatres.


Consumer Sentiment

A recent survey conducted amongst the readers of The Irish Garden magazine highlighted the opportunities for the industry. The survey confirmed improved consumer sentiment for 2019, with 62% of the 1,061 respondents intending to spend more on their garden this year versus last.


When it comes to which part of their garden the respondents plan to spend more money on, plants lead the group with 82%, next was lawn care with 31%, then shed and fencing with 21%, garden furniture with 19%, driveway and paving with 19%, greenhouses with 15%, mowers and machinery with 9%, garden pond with 8%, barbecues with 6%, and play furniture with 3%.


When asked about how much they plan on increasing their garden expenditure by in 2019, 72% of 1,053 respondents said they plan to spend up to 10% more on their garden compared with 2018. The remaining 28% said they plan on increasing their expenditure by 10% or more.


Improved consumer buying sentiment means more sales opportunities for the industry. With over 100 exhibitors already confirmed – including Yellow Furze Nurseries, Dunne & Dineen, Irish Grass Machinery, Fast Grow Fertiliser, Ryalls, Envirico, and Reesink Turfcare – GLAS is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.


Click here to per-register you and your colleagues for this unmissable event for professionals in horticulture, sportsturf and related industries.

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GLDA Seminar 2019





Gardening on the Edge
Rewilding Green Spaces

in association with

Bloom, by Bord Bia

Saturday 23rd February 2019


Dusty Gedge (UK) Kevin Sloan (Texas USA)
Féidhlim Harty (Ireland) Monique & Thierry Dronet (France)




Full Members & Pre-Reg Ticket €85.00


Non-Member Ticket €110


Friend Member ticket & Reduced Membership Subscription €115


Student Member Ticket €55.00

Student ID No. required  for student ticket – email to

More Information on Seminar Speakers  (CLICK HERE)

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