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GLDA Seminar 2015


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This in from Gary at the GLDA, who sez:

Hi Peter,

I am contacting you today on behalf of the Garden & Landscape Designers Association (GLDA), to let you know about our annual speaker’s Seminar which takes place early next year, and which may be of interest to listeners of The SodShow.

For your reference, please see attached press release and poster.

Please see below a brief introduction to our seminar theme and speakers.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,
Gary Foran MGLDA Chairman

The New Perennial Movement: Transient Trend or Adaptable Style?
The GLDA’s 19th International Garden Design Seminar
Saturday 7 February 2015
At Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9

Over the last 20 years, a style of gardening has spread across the landscape. Inspired by nature and a more ecological approach, colourful perennials and grasses intermingle on a grand scale, creating striking landscapes of great beauty. But has this New Perennial Movement lost its integrity? Is it really a model for ordinary gardens and parks? Can a style designed for a continental climate really work in ours? Or can we adapt the style to create a uniquely Irish version?

The 19th GLDA seminar will take a critical look at the contributions and shortfalls of this movement as well as exploring what garden planting design in the future may look like.

Verney Naylor MGLDA is a well travelled plant expert and garden writer, and one of Ireland’s best known and most admired garden designers. She will reflect an Irish opinion on the theme of the day and describe her own way of bringing the landscape and a love of wild places into the Irish gardens she has designed. Few others are as well informed and experienced in the use and culture of plants for the diversities of the Irish landscape.

Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and writer living in Washington, DC, best known for his influential and irreverent blog, Grounded Design, which has gained an international following. His passionate and provocative talks have enthralled audiences all over the USA, and he advocates the use of more native plants, more daringly. Thomas has designed landscapes for the US Capitol grounds, The New York Botanical Garden, and over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida.

Keith Wiley created one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in England, at The Garden House, a 10 acre garden on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon where he was Head Gardener. It is one of the best examples of leading edge horticulture in the country. He has now created his own spectacular garden, Wildside. He goes to great pains to provide the cultural conditions to match the habitats of the perennials collected on his world travels.

Sylvie and Patrick Quibel’s four acre garden, Le Jardin Plume in Normandy has been described by Stephen Lacey as a paragon of modern garden making and one of the most seductive gardens of recent times. In a rural, windy setting the Quibels have uniquely combined the exuberance of perennials, grasses, annuals and wandering plantes vagabondessuch as poppies, marigolds and nasturtiums with the structure of old farm buildings, clipped hedges, and an orchard. With typical French flair a variety of artistic and sensual atmospheres are evoked in a series of self contained spaces.

The day will be provocative and challenging, but above all, totally fascinating and definitely an experience not to be missed. or email Tel: 01 294 0092.

1. Registered & Pre-Registered Members of the GLDA …………€65.00
2. Friends .…………€65.00
3. Students …………€60.00
4. Non-Members …………€85.00

(Special Early-bird non-members rate of €75 if booked before Dec 23rd)

Prices include: morning coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments

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