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GLAS 2019 has arrived

The continued desire to expand and bring new offerings to attendees is just one of the reasons GLAS continues to be a success, year-after-year. Photo: Joe Keogh.

The biggest horticulture trade event of the year in Ireland is here. There is much to look forward to, from world-class presentations by leaders of the industry, to New Product New Plant winners, and much, much more.



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18 July 2019

The Garden Landscape and Amenity Sportsturf (GLAS) trade show has returned once again to the Citywest events centre and hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin, today — Thursday, July 18, from 9am to 5pm.

Best in Show Awards

Best New Plant, Best New Product, Best in Show Trade Supplier, and Best in Show Horticulture awards will all return looking to celebrate the very best in the industry today.

The Best New Plant, Best New Product awards showcase will greet every member of the trade upon entering the event. This year’s finalists are now live so be sure to check them out.

The GLAS 2019 Best New Plant, Best New Product winners will be announced in Bord Bia’s Learning Theatre 1 at 11.05am, today.

Learning Theatres

The two GLAS Learning Theatres, sponsored by Bord Bia and Teagasc respectively, will increase capacity for trade show attendees, broaden the knowledge base of said attendees, and provide expert insight and informed opinion on the key issues facing the entire horticulture industry.

Grace Binchy, consumer insight specialist, will discuss Bord Bia’s Value of the Garden Market 2018 Report; Tim Healy, of Mercator Marketing Research, will discuss Change and Opportunity in Amenity Horticulture; Peter Cuthbert will present BEE-ing Pollinator Friendly on Your Production Site; Andrew Wilson, technical manager atICL, will present Perfect Timing, Perfect Growth; John Mulhern, principal of Horticulture at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, and a selection of student graduates, will discuss education pathways and continuing professional development; Paul Walsh of Huwa-San will discuss Biosecurity in Irrigation Water; and Oliver McEvoy of the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM), will discuss Plant Passports. These are just a selection of the speakers and presentations from today’s Learning Theatres. Be sure to check out the entire line up here, and there might still be time to register for some of the presentations above.

Bord Bia

Supporters of GLAS, Bord Bia will be showcasing at GLAS so be sure to make the most of Bord Bia’s Insight and Innovation services at their state-of-the-art Thinking House pavilion.

The Thinking House gives Ireland’s horticulture industry unrestricted access to the latest global trends, research, consumer insights, and industry innovations.

The creative space includes a “Trends Zone” to highlight the latest innovations from around the world, and a “Packaging and Branding” gallery to promote best in class design and to showcase Bord Bia’s recent work with Irish producers.

The “Living Room” and its adjacent viewing room, allows Bord Bia to conduct qualitative focus and discussion groups, while the library presents invaluable access to a wide range of databases and reports that would heretofore have been financially prohibitive to source for many small to medium-sized companies working in the industry.

Bord Bia’s Insight and Innovation services are open to all Irish producers.

Careers Hub

Brand new to GLAS 2019, the Careers Hub is 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.

The Landscape Show

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.

Retail Merchandising Showcase

The GLAS 2018 Retail Merchandising Showcase, in association with Shop Equipment Limited, will show off the best from the retail merchandising world.

Quality retail merchandising is essential to drive strong growth in sales and profit margins.

If you wish to kick-start your retail merchandising plans but don’t know where or how to begin, be sure to make use of the Shop Equipment Limited experts on-hand at GLAS 2019 who will be able to provide you with invaluable information and guidance in beginning a retail merchandising campaign.

Don’t forget to also check out the very latest in Point-Of-Sale and merchandising displays systems available on the market for your brand or retail outlet, as well as a free advice clinic.

Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park

Along with its core focus on amenity horticulture, GLAS continues its expansion into sports surfaces, grounds maintenance, and related industries.

The Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces Sportsturf Village is now an established feature of the event, connecting suppliers and specialists in this sector to a targeted list of invited sportsturf and parkland professionals.

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