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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - UK IRL Mushroom Conference Exhibitors - ALCI Awards - GLDA Seminar - Donnybrook Landscape Co Awarded Major New Contract - October 11th

Its a busy week ahead for the horticulture sector. Starting tomorrow at Kildalton College will be the GLDA - Noel Kingsbury Workshop and seminar - The Rabbit's Eye View. There are still limited places available for the event and payment can be made at the door for the last minute decision makers. Its great to see the GLDA taking this event out to a learning seat of horticulture. The more interaction there is between education, students and the working industry the better. What we are hearing from most businesses that we talk to is, they want students who are coming out with more theory and practical horticulture skills versus, how to run a business knowledge. I am inclined to agree in some ways that the focus on business skills is diluting the the core horticulture knowledge that is coming from the colleges. The areas of how to run a business are more than adequately catered for across the whole education sector in general and could be added on, as a part or full-time follow on year if students want to go straight into running a business.

Barry Luton of SCD tells us about a new practical work experience opportunity in Landscape Students Commence Work at Malahide Botanic Gardens. There is also an interesting conversation on the subject going on in the Horticulture Ireland Linkedin Group.

On Thursday its off to Monaghan, the home of mushrooms for the Ireland and UK Mushroom Conference and Trade Show 2013. This bi-annual event will have many exhibitors that you will be familiar with including HortiTrends so please say hello and pass on some news to us personally at the event. Kieran Lavelle of DARD NI promises a day of learning, networking and business deals being done for this important sector of horticulture. As I have said before its a sector we can all look to for best practise in marketing co-operation.

On Thursday also its the Olympic Parklands : ILI Public Lecture 17th October 2013.

On Friday next we will be attending the ALCI 2013 Awards. The winners remain under wrap until then, but if you want to attend and meet them in the flesh, be quick. Ross Carew informs me that the event has sold out and they have had to add extra capacity for the new lunch-time format.

Good news for Pat as Donnybrook Landscape Co Awarded 3 Year Contract with Five Star Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. The business is going from strength to strength and has also recently moved to a new premises. Staying with good news Dee Seewel a Finalist in Four Categories of the 2013 Blog Awards Ireland, This is the age of the blogger. If you are not doing it, you should be. If you are thinking of the on-line marketplace, then you should think of a blog as the most cost effective way to get noticed.


Thank You

 Joseph (Editor at HortiTrends)