M’sian designer’s creativity shines at S'pore garden festival

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018

(Above and right) Lim’s ‘The Wild and The Restless’ design viewed from different angles.

SINGAPORE: Malaysian landscape designer Inch Lim retained the Best of Show title which he won in the 2016’s instalment of the competitive landscape gardens category at the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018.

Lim also bagged Gold and Horticulture Excellence awards at the competition.

The garden festival was aimed at raising awareness of the joys of gardening and to engage the public to partner with the Singaporean government to sustain the concept of “Garden City”.

“I have always emphasised on understanding the space relations while placing an equal emphasis on being responsible to the environment and ecology,” said Lim, who is the founder of Inchscape landscape architectural firm.

“I am particularly grateful for the recognitions given as my theme for this year’s exhibition is something that is very close to my heart.

“The amount of creativity and knowledge put together to ensure the idea comes to life was tremendous, and to see the final design being appreciated by the people was amazing,” he added.

Themed “The Wild and The Restless”, Lim’s creation was an 80 sqm garden that celebrates the beauty of wayside plants.

Lim (middle) receiving the award for ‘Best of Show’ at the prestigious Singapore Garden Festival 2018.
Lim (middle) receiving the award for ‘Best of Show’ at the prestigious Singapore Garden Festival 2018.

It used mostly native wild plants or escaped exotics that have migrated from places like the Americas to become ubiquitous wayside plants in South-East Asia.

All plant materials involved are tropical and can survive and propagate without human intervention.

The designer has also received many international accolades, including from Japan, the US, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

The Singapore Garden Festival is a biennial event positioned to be among the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar.

This year’s event saw over 40 landscape designers putting their best show to exhibit in the “Landscape and Fantasy” gardens.

Among the competitors were Andy Sturgeon and Jim Fogarty (UK & Australia), Chang Huai-Yan and Ng Sze Oun (Singapore), Emily & Mark Cook (USA), Gregory Cazeaux and Margeurite Ribstein (France), John Tan (Singapore), Kate Gould (UK), Katsuhiko Koga and Kazuhiro Kagae (Japan), Leon Kluge (South Africa) among others.

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