The last year has certainly been a time for challenges and that prompted the theme for this year’s GLDA seminar, “Designing in Challenging Times, A Shift in Perspective”. The event took place online (for the first time) on 27 February and also marked the launch of a year-long celebration for the Association’s 25th Anniversary.

Luckily the change in format did not affect the turn out. If anything, the audience was slightly up on previous years. The fact that the presentations and discussions can be listened back to any time over the next 12 months also meant that people did not have to watch ‘live’ for the full day if they didn’t want to.

The speakers addressing the seminar were invited to share their responses and ideas to these current challenging times; to explain how they have influenced their work and their perspectives on landscape and garden design, both now and for the future.

They were:

Aniket Bhagwat, India’s most influential landscape architect, made his second appearance at the GLDA seminar. He was one of the keynote speakers at the event in 2016. (

Sarah Eberle, a leading garden designer from the UK, also made a return visit to the GLDA seminar, having last attended in 2009. (  

Carrie Preston, an American garden designer living and working in The Netherlands, made her successful GLDA debut this year (

Martí Franch, one of the most significant landscape architects working in Spain today, also impressed the audience (

Darina Allen, of Ballymaloe Cookery School, wrapped up the day with a presentation about the school’s , organic farm and garden (

Tickets are still available to watch back the seminar speakers and presentations until the end of January 2022 priced at:

•             Non-member €70
•             Non-member with 1 year Friend subscription €110
•             GLDA Member, Pre-Reg or Friend  €60
•             Student with 1 year Student membership €45

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