GLDA Seminar 2017

 GLDA Presents

The Designed Garden

Completing the Picture


in association with Bloom, by Bord Bia


The GLDA’s 21st International Garden Design Seminar

Saturday 11th February 2017


Crowne Plaza Dublin, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9


The Designed Garden – completing the picture

The Garden & Landscape Design Association celebrates its 21st Seminar on Saturday, 11th February 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin 9 (Co-ordinates N 53.4044; W 6.2456) .


Behind every well designed garden there is a team of talented and dedicated professionals; the Landscape Architect or Garden Designer, the Landscape Contractor and the Nurseryman who take a site and a client brief from its inception to its reality as a beautiful and functional outdoor space. Each has a unique and essential role to play.

At the GLDA’s 21st Seminar on Saturday 11th February 2017, come and meet ‘The Team’ and explore with them their individual roles and the teamwork involved in ‘Completing the Picture’




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Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones run Crûg Farm Plants in North Wales, where they have an outstanding and unrivalled selection of exciting plants, many of which have not been cultivated in the West before. Sue and Bleddyn spend up to three months every year collecting plants in remote corners of Asia, the Americas, and more recently Europe. They are among the few licensed collectors in the UK. Their work has resulted in discoveries of many exciting species, new to science, as well as the discovery of an entirely new genus. Their first ever display at Chelsea won the coveted President’s Award and since then they have won many RHS Gold Medals They will take us through the fascinating world of plant collecting in South East Asia in a wet climate with steep terrain, showing us how many of the plants we are now familiar with have been discovered, plus exciting new discoveries and introductions to come from their more recent trips.



Thomas Doxiadis, ASLA, is an internationally recognised architect and landscape architect from Athens where he has his own architecture and landscape practice. The practice won first prize for the urban space fronting the new Acropolis Museum. He taught at Harvard and has won many awards for his work. He is the current chairman of the Natural Environment council of the Greek Society for Natural and Cultural Preservation. Thomas has written about and participated in conferences focusing on ecology, landscape, and the city.


In 1999 Thomas founded the architecture/landscape practice doxiadis+, which addresses design on the basis of environmental and landscape ecology principles. The practice consists of architects and landscape architects, and has extensive international collaborations. Projects include design of developments, parks, marinas, residencies, resorts, urban interventions, landscape restoration, and policy.



Emma MazzulloDLA, MSGD, joint managing director of Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design.  

Emma Mazzullo is a highly experienced landscape architect and garden designer who has worked both on public and private projects all over the world over the past 30 years.  She has specialised in high end private realm landscapes for many of these years and has particular experience in designing and delivering high profile landscapes which rely on working closely with a wide range of different disciplines.


For over 20 years (1994 to 2014) Emma worked as practice director for the internationally renowned landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who designed the new look Airfield in Dundrum. In 2014 she and Libby Russell (also an ex-employee of Arabella’s) set up Mazzullo + Russell Landscape Design. Emma has overseen commercial and domestic landscape projects ranging from a half acre roof garden in the City of London and four Chelsea Flower Show gardens to many large private and commercial landscapes in Britain, Europe, Russia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong and North America.



Noël Van Mierlo of the design bureau Van Mierlo Tuinen  in The Netherlands specialises in creating    adventurous gardens and bold garden structures. He won an award for the  Best Natural Pool (2015);  The Most Sustainable Garden in 2012  and was also winner of  National Garden of the Year in  2003, 2008 and 2010. He says,  “The garden should be an extension of your house, assimilate with the existing surroundings and fit your way of life. My purpose is to create natural wellness experiences in the garden that give you joy. I do that by bringing together nature, architecture and people with craftsmanship, attention to detail and care.”  He will demonstrate this by showing us some of his exciting work, sustainable but using modern and innovative materials