Malaysia achieved another first recently when award-winning landscape designer Lim In Chong was invited to judge the Show Gardens competition at the prestigious BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 in Birmingham, England recently.

Lim, or Inch, who twice won the Gardening World Cup, brought a new dimension to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live assessment panel. The first Malaysian ever invited to judge the competition, Lim is also believed to be the first Asian judge to do so.

“I feel very honoured and at the same time humbled to be asked to serve as a judge for show gardens in a country like the UK, which I consider the mother of all gardening countries. Of course, I am proud to be doing it as a Malaysian,” said Lim, when contacted recently.

Lim, (far left) with the other judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019 in Birmingham. Photo: Inch Lim

BBC Gardeners’ World is a long-running BBC television programme about gardening, first broadcast on Jan 5, 1968 and still running as of today. Every year at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, an exciting collection of Show Gardens come to life. This year’s event was held from June 13–16 at the National Exhibition Centre.

“I think the two winning designs were very good. One was called the High Line, a modern hardscape-centred garden with very well constructed finishes. The other one, a retro garden called the Clock Makers Garden, had an enormous amount of details in both the hard and soft landscapes. Both gardens were beautifully executed,” he added.

Hardscape refers to non-living materials incorporated into a landscape while softscape comprises the live horticultural elements.

Show Gardens are judged to the highest standards of design, planting and inspiration. The assessment panel surveys each of the Show Gardens, including the Watchmaker’s Garden, the five APL Avenue gardens, the Canal & River Trust’s ‘Making Life Better by Water’ garden and many more.