GLDA Student & Graduate Garden Design Awards

GLDA Student and Graduate Garden Design Competition

Sustainable Garden Design Challenge

For Application Details, email


Submission Closing Date : Midnight on Monday, 14th January, 2019 (On-line submission)

Judging Date: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

Judging Panel: GLDA Council Members


Category One Applicant: Any student on the Island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture related course or landscape skills training course

Category Two Applicant : Any graduate from the above approved courses who qualified in 2016 & 2017 

Prize Awards

Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design – ipad Mini

Best Category Two (Graduate) Concept Master Plan Design – ipad Mini

Best Innovative Concept Detail Award 2019 – trophy

Best Planting Design 2019 – trophy


Each winner plus 2 runners up from each category will receive FREE entry to the GLDA Seminar on Saturday, 23rd February, 2019 plus GLDA (Pre-reg) Membership for 2019


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


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GLDA CPD Workshop Thursday 15th November

Soil management/health and looking after the future using a holistic approach by incorporating SUDS

  • Date:  Thursday 15th November
  • Time:  9.30am – 1pm finishing with a light lunch
  • Where: Meet at Enrich Environmental, Kilcock, Co. Meath for a short tour of the facility.

This will be followed by talks and discussions with the following professionals:

Kevin McCabe (Enrich) – Soil health in a site environment and the use of soil in SUDS; it all starts with the specification.

Alwyn White (Greenleaf Ireland) – discusses tree planting in hard surface environments and how to sustain growth in urban areas/front gardens as part of SUDS.

Ronan Nangle (Nangle & Niesen) with the use of case studies will discuss tree selection and planting and the importance of soil selection/biosecurity/management/maintenance to a successful long term tree planting scheme.

To secure your place at the CPD workshop please email the GLDA office:

or telephone the office tel: 01 294 0092

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GLDA AGM 2018 at Altamont Gardens

The 2018 AGM will take place at Altamont Gardens on October 6th

It starts at 11.50 for a 12 noon start, followed by a guided tour of the gardens by the head gardener Paul Cutler.

Dinner will be arranged at The Riverbank restaurant.

For those who would like to stay overnight B&B / Hotel recommendations on request.

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GLDA June Blake Garden Visit

This year’s GLDA garden visit will be to June Blakes garden.

on July 21st at 12 noon

There will be a guided tour by June followed by a buffet lunch, cost €20 per person.

You can book and pay via the PayPal Link below.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Five Seasons – The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Friday July 6th 2018 at 7pm

DLR Mill Theatre, Dublin 16

Tickets €12.50, available from The Mill Theatre Box Office, Dundrum.

The GLDA will host a documentary film on Piet Oudolf.  The film was directed by Thomas Piper, a film maker from New York. In it he discusses with Piet Oudolf the various elements of his garden design work, looking at gardens in America and Europe. The film is 75 minutes long and is beautifully shot showing the skill and genius of Oudolf’s designs.

We will also show a 10 minute ballet film of “Le Spectre de La Rose” – a duet piece where the Girl comes back from the ball with a rose, falls asleep – a spectre enters and dances with her, and leaves.  She wakes, smells the rose … was it all a dream …

It’s the famous Nijinsky piece, with music by Berlioz. It was made primarily for the Ninette de Valois Dance     Festival in Blessington at the end of last month, who commissioned it.  They shot it in Russborough House (the Alfred Beit mansion) with Zoey Ashe-Browne as the Girl.

Catch up with designers at the bar before and after the show.

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