With the support of Bord Bia, Ireland’s GLAS trade show, in Dublin’s Citywest attracted almost 1,000 visitors this year from the horticulture, sportsturf, grounds maintenance and related industries.
GLAS 2017: Mike Neary and Carol Marks, Bord Bia, with Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture on the Bord Bia Thinking House stand.
Along with its core focus on amenity horticulture for the retail and landscaping sectors, GLAS continued to attract trade visitors in forestry, greenkeeping, sportsturf and retail sectors.
This year’s GLAS was the biggest yet, featuring over 145 exhibits from some of the leading product and service providers on the market. The show featured a new-look Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park in association with The Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces, new-look Retail Merchandising Showcase in partnership with Shop Equipment Ltd and the Board Bia Learning Theatre, which hosted a free series of well attended talks throughout the day.
The new-look New Product New Plant Awards Showcase highlighted for the first time twelve lucky finalists – six new plants and six new products – as chosen by our judging panel this year, Gerry Daly, Editor of The Irish Garden magazine and garden.ie, Gerry Dooley, The Orchard and Micheal Deviit, Newlands Home & Garden Centre.
Best New Plant winner for their Escallonia Laevis Pink Elle was Kelly’s Nursery, pictured with Carol Marks, Bord Bia (l) is Eileen Kelly & Billy Kelly from Kelly’s Nursery.
While Best New Product winner was Hygeia Garden Care – Green Force – Lawn Gold, pictured with Elisha Daniels and Brendan Galvin from Hygeia Garden Care is Minister Andrew Doyle.
Winner of Best in Show Trade Supplier was Sanctuary Synthetics, pictured with Mark O’Loughlin (centre) is Carol Marks, Bord Bia and John McDonald, Mediateam, organisers of GLAS.
Winner of Best in Show was the team at O’Connor Nurseries, pictured here with Carol Marks, Bord Bia
Check back with us soon for more photos and video highlights from GLAS 2017.
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GLAS by the numbers...
(Source: Visitor Exit poll, GLAS 2016
regarded their visit to GLAS as 'worthwhile'
plan to spend with an exhibitor as a result of their visit