'Secret garden' wins top prize

Malaysian horticulturist and garden designer Inch Lim (pictured) took home one of the top prizes for his show garden at this year's Singapore Garden Festival.

Mr Lim won the gold and best of show awards in the landscape gardens category. He also picked up the horticulture excellence award.

His 80 sq m garden, called The Treasure Box, is cocooned behind a high wall and is filled mainly with rice plants. He picked the plant for its bright green shade.

The Kuala Lumpur-based 61- year-old is participating in the show garden competition for the second time. He said: "I created a secret garden behind these high walls. Once you go in, a surprise awaits you."

Meanwhile, Italian landscape designer Stefano Passerotti, 53, won the gold and best of show awards in the fantasy gardens category.

In total, 15 designers and teams took part in the two competition categories.

The show gardens are the centrepiece attraction at the biennial event, which is held at Gardens by the Bay. The sixth edition of the festival, which also has other exhibits and activities, opens today and runs until July 31.

The Straits Times is the festival's official media partner.

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