David Robinson Memorial Lecture

Bord Bia welcomed a large number of colleges to the David Robinson Memorial Lecture on October 26, with approximately 150 attendees. Bord Bia is the proud sponsor of the annual David Robinson Memorial Lecture, a prestigious event designed to remember the contributions of the late David Robinson and provide an opportunity for horticultural students to come together to learn more about the important contributions horticulture makes to our health, environment and economy.

Mark Gregory a horticulturally trained landscaper based in Southern England, gave an eloquent summation of David’s career.

“Dr. David Robinson was a passionate horticulturist who made an important contribution to its promotion in Ireland and internationally, from research and development to training and education. Born in Belfast, he studied at Reading and Cornell Universities and completed his doctorate studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. His lifelong study on weed control gained him international recognition. His three-hectare garden, Earlscliffe, in Howth, which he managed alone with his weed control techniques, was designated one of Ireland’s National Plant Heritage Gardens because of the large number of rare and tender plants from the southern hemisphere that flourish there.”

Mark Gregory, is the Managing Director of the Surrey-based landscape design and Build firm, Landform Consultants Ltd, a company of 60 people, including landscape architects, garden designers and a highly skilled workforce. Mark was voted as the ‘Most Influential Person’ within the garden and landscape industry by his peers in January 2018. He has worked at Board Level with BALI, APL, HTA and works tirelessly with many other industry-linked organisations on strategy and mentoring. Mark is an RHS full garden assessor and judge.