Anji worked with James Wong,

ethnobotanist, on his Gold Medal winning Chelsea Flower Show Garden for the  Tourism Malaysia Garden designed by James Wong and David Cubero at the RHS Chelsea. 2011.

Lush, wild and naturalistic planting set against urban chic, this garden is envisioned as a courtyard of a residence in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Terraces of minimalist angular hard landscaping in white Portland limestone create an ultra modern look reflecting the Malaysia of today.“The inspiration for our design was to capture the feeling of the traditional Kampung village garden” explains James. “The word ‘Kampung’ in Malay has lots of meanings – wild and free range and contact with nature. These are the concepts and feel that we wanted to capture and re-interpret in every sense but the literal.”“As in a traditional garden, there are plants chosen to be useful and edible but they are not planted in any strict way, so are wild and natural looking in their growth habit. For example, Alocassia, the wild yam, is an edible root tuber. It is an invasive weed in Malaysia mainly because it is really popular and planted so much – it grows quickly and escapes from the gardens!”“Sourcing sustainable materials was very important to us, as is the consideration of air miles. Although the garden is Malaysian, we have sourced as much material as possible within a 300 mile radius of the showground at Chelsea – South East UK is nearer to Europe than Cornwall, allowing us to source some plants from Amsterdam.”

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