The Garden and Landscape Designers Association have had an eventful 2019 thus far and the excitement is set to continue into the spring, with preparations already in full swing for their International Design Seminar 2020 on 29th February entitled, ‘Seeds of Change – Planting Design for the 21st Century’.

Ask An Expert” Clinic at The Ideal Homes Show, RDS Simmonscourt, 25-28 October 2019. The GLDA has been invited to host a design clinic table at this 4-day event. The one-to-one 20-minute clinics will be run by a team of members of the GLDA, with voluntary donations from the public going to the Peter McVerry Trust.

GLDA would like to wish candidates applying for Full Membership Assessments this October every success and due to increased applications this year, a second portfolio preparation workshop is planned for November, to be followed by another assessment day in January 2020.

The second GLDA Student & Graduate Design Awards competition launches this month with a theme of ‘Communal Garden – A Design Challenge’. The competition welcomes student and graduate applicants from all over Ireland and full details, including a downloadable application form can be found on

GLDA New look Compass magazine will be published early November to provide members with another exciting and insightful read on garden and garden design-related topics, various GLDA ongoing activities, as well as expert perspectives and insights on local and international industry events of 2019 thus far.

Finally, the GLDA would like to take this opportunity to include a special mention and word of appreciation to their new Administrator, Caroline Martin, who since coming on board in the summer has embraced her role with gusto, professionalism and a high degree of efficiency, keeping everyone at GLDA on their toes!


16th Portfolio prep workshop
22nd Publication of Compass magazine AGM & Xmas dinner

25th Full Membership Assessments

29th ‘Seeds of Change – Planting Design for the 21st Century’ Seminar