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GLDA launch Student and Graduate Design Awards

Entrants must create a green space that can add peacefulness into a very busy, heavily trafficked, city centre setting

Together with the launch of their inaugural Student and Graduate Design Awards, the GLDA will also host their Meet the Designers night on December 6, and their International Seminar in February.



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21 November 2018

The GLDA has been synonymous with professional garden design for over 20 years. It actively promotes it’s objectives through its journal, workshops, events, and annual seminars. In January 2019, the GLDA will launch their first ever Student and Graduate Design Awards.

The inaugural theme of the GLDA’s first Student and Graduate Design Awards will be “Future Sustainable City Gardens”.

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“The emphasis [will be] on ecological design and SuDS for new housing developments. Our aim is to foster upcoming Irish designers and raise awareness of the important role that design can have in tackling the issues of flooding and ecology in our cities.”, said the GLDA.

The closing date for online submissions will be early January, 2019. The judging will commence on Saturday, January 19, 2019 by a panel of GLDA council members.

Applicants will fall into two categories: A Category One is any student on the island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture related course or landscape skills training course. A Category Two Applicant is any graduate from the above approved courses who qualified in 2016 or 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 and two runners-up from each category will receive free entry to the GLDA Seminar on Saturday, February 23, 2019, as well as GLDA (Pre-reg) Membership for 2019.

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

Meet the Designers Event

The GLDA will also hold their “Meet the Designers” night at Kilsaran Headquarters, Dunboyne, Co Meath, on Thursday December 6, starting from 7.30pm. A short Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) presentation will be included.


There will also be an informal “open portfolio clinic” that afternoon from 3pm to 6pm, for prospective Pre-Reg members, and for anyone considering applying for GLDA Full Membership in the near future.

Attendees are encouraged to go early to avail of this unique opportunity, and to bring samples of their project work to discuss with a couple of full members over coffee, and also to learn about the GLDA’s adjudication process.

GLDA International Seminar

Lastly, as the GLDA continues to encourage and promote emerging Irish garden and landscape design talent, and welcomes a steadily increasing number new members, the association has gained and will continue to gain greater recognition at home and abroad. Their much anticipated annual seminar has always played a huge role in this, and details will soon be announced on what will be the GLDA’s 23rd International Speakers Seminar next February.

A host of top local and international speakers (to be announced soon) will discuss and explore the theme of “Gardening on the Edge – Rewilding Green Spaces”. The Edge is a reference to where we are environmentally, and the blurring of our gardens, and the hard edges of our built environment into wild areas.

All information regarding the GLDA’s initiatives and events can be found on their website.

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