By Paul Kirkpatrick
Victorian Landscape Designer, Christian Jenkins, has won Gold at the Singapore Garden Festival. The win follows on from his Best in Show award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show earlier this year.
To exhibit in Singapore, designers had to have had success in at least two international garden events. Competitors were provided with a budget and a locally based implementation partner to achieve design intent. Plans were submitted in April. Christian had six days on-site to bring it all together.
“The toughest day was working at 36C and 75 per cent humidity as well as pushing on until 3am,” he said.
Christian attributes his continuing success on the world stage to, “being a deep creative”.
“I really see myself like a painter, a 3D impressionist, but my designs always have a seat in them as I really want to draw people into my world,” he said.
This year’s Festival was on a smaller scale than pre-COVID with six show gardens situated in front of the Ion Shopping Centre on Orchard Road and a number of displays within the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Best in Show was awarded to Singapore-based Eliam and Andy Eng for ‘The Orchard Bridge’, while Pierre-Alexander Risser (France) and Tony Woods (UK) both received Silver.
HMAA member Paul Kirkpatrick is Manager at Gardenacious (gardenacious.com.au) at Cape Paterson in Victoria. He has just returned from Singapore.