Lim In Chong likes to be known as Inch. Last year at the Gardening World Cup he was quiet, unassuming and just got on with the job. Inch is from Malaysia and at home as well as being a garden designer he’s on the senate of the Christian Church. His plot was in a corner of the site, away from the hustle and bustle and no-one took much notice of what he was up to. Until judging day that is, when we realised that he had created an unusual mesmeric garden which was streets ahead of the competition. He won a gold medal but to our surprise didn’t win the prize for “best in show”. Politics were involved. But in everyone’s eyes he was the honorary winner.
Last year Inch was very jealous of the roses in my “Mr McGregor’s” garden and asked my permission to speak to the lady from the Sasebo Rose Society who supplied them. As it happens, we weren’t fighting against each other this year and I was delighted to see that roses featured prominently in his garden, which was called “Eye to Eye”. Judging took place today and Inch finally got his due with the top prize. Last year the winner only got a medal, but this year there’s also a cash prize of Yen 500,000. I’m sure it’s been worth the wait.