GLAS puts the business of horticulture and sportsturf firmly in the spotlight

Carol Marks, Bord Bia
Along with its core focus on amenity horticulture, the scope of GLAS has expanded into sports surfaces, grounds maintenance and related industries. GLAS also promotes business excellence throughout all sectors with a series of Event Awards. Here are some of the best reasons to visit:

Your choice of growers and nurseries

Virtually ALL Ireland’s leading horticulture growers and nurseries are there. Whether you are touching base with your current suppliers, or evaluating new ones, there is no better place to compare ranges, prices and business terms.


Come and meet Bord Bia


Bord Bia, principal sponsor of GLAS, has a central presence at the show. Use your visit to meet Bord Bia specialists, ask questions and get answers on any aspect of Bord Bia’s support programme for Irish horticulture.

Bord Bia’s Marketplace at GLAS will provide an unparalleled opportunity to access trade buyers from Ireland and selected international markets in an effective format, to assist exhibiting Irish nurseries enhance current business and develop new opportunities.

A programme of advance workshops and mentoring sessions will be implemented for growers who wish to participate. This will assist in getting tangible results from buyer meetings. Domestic and overseas buyers will be canvassed by Bord Bia to attend this event and meetings can be co-ordinated and facilitated in advance and on the day.

Nurseries will also have the opportunity to nominate wish-lists of top buyer targets for pre-scheduled meetings, ensuring that TIME — that most precious commodity for all — is well spent. A number of private meeting spaces will be avail­able to reserve in advance of the show.

Bord Bia also invites nursery owners to get in touch to explore how Bord Bia can assist their business through its range of development programmes. To learn more, contact Bord Bia at:

Professional Associations

We’re ‘better together’ as the saying goes. Catch up on the latest news, events and activities with some of the associations supporting the various professions in your industry – such as the ALCI, Aboricultural Association, Chartered Institute of Horticulture, Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association, GLDA, Tree Council of Ireland, Teagasc and the Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces.

4x4s and Commercial Vehicles

Check out the latest 4×4 and commercial vehicles from the top brands including Fiat, Isuzu, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault.

Schedule meetings in advance

Why not plan your visit in advance by sending Meeting Requests to the particular exhibitors you want to see on the day. It’s easy to do, just check to our Exhibitors A-Z page closer to the date and schedule appointments to suit your schedule.

Machinery demos

Check out some of the latest machinery on the market.

Hospitality and Networking

There are plenty of hospitality spaces available on the main show floor to take stock of your visit, make sure you haven’t missed anything and have that one last meeting. Citywest Hotel will caterer for your needs on the day, providing light refreshments through to hot and cold lunches.

The Thinking House @ Bord Bia 

The Thinking House @ Bord Bia is a new state of the art hub for Bord Bia’s Insight and Innovation services and features at GLAS this year. The Thinking House gives Ireland’s horticulture industry unrestricted access to the latest global trends, research, consumer insights and industry innovations.

The Thinking House is managed by Helen King, Director of Consumer Insight and a team of 11 professionals, with backgrounds ranging from psychology to librarianship.

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, and a number of nurseries have utilised its brand development programme over recent years, with two projects currently in progress.

Visit the Bord Bia Thinking House at GLAS for a flavour of what is on offer.

And lots more…

The Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park returns to GLAS, in association with the Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces. More detail here >

Professional and effective point-of-sale (POS) and merchandising equipment is an important part of the marketing mix for retailers and brand owners alike. This year, in conjunction with our partners Shop Equipment Ltd, the Retail Merchandising Showcase will feature the very latest in POS and merchandising displays from the top brands, as well as a free advice clinic and some of the very latest display systems available on the market for your brand or retail outlet.

“The new Retail Merchandising Showcase at GLAS will demonstrate the positive impact on influencing retail sales, consumer buying patterns, impulse purchases, brand loyalty, repeat purchases and much more besides”.
Fergal Doyle, Chairperson,
REI Garden Group


The new-look New Product New Plant Awards Showcase will take centre stage this year, showcasing all entrants, where 12 lucky winners will be announced. Six new plants and six new products will be awarded by a panel of expert judges. The judges in 2017 were: Gerry Daly, Editor of the Irish Garden; Micheal Devitt, Newlands and Gerry Dooley, Orchard Garden Centre.  The judges will also name one exhibitor as Best in Show: pictured is 2017 Horticulture Best in Show winner O’Connor Nurseries.

In association with Bord Bia, the expanded Learning Theatre at GLAS this year will host a series of informative talks which are free to attend and qualify for IASIS points.

Learn more >