Part-timer wins cactus and succulent show with mixture of plants

The winner of the plant decoration competition.

KUCHING: The winner of a cactus and succulent show held at La Promenade Mall in Samarahan impressed the judges with an entry that was a mixture of slow-growing plants and different species presented in an impressive circular vase.

Jong Tze Fong, beat 98 other participants with his beautiful arrangement of cacti and succulents that took years of meticulous care.

“I am so happy. I knew I had a strong entry, but still, to win out of so many, I am very honoured. I love gardening as it is more than a pastime for me. Seeing the plants grow is very satisfying to me,” he said.

The first runner-up of the plant decoration competition.

The first runner-up was Nicholas Boon whose entry was an artistically arranged preserved tree; it was one of the largest plants entered for the competition.

The third place was won by entry No. 70, Loh Hua Nang, who nicknamed his display “Turtle”; it was the public’s favourite as it received many public votes.

The second runner-up of the plant decoration competition.

Meanwhile, the consolation prizes went to Andress Lantuk, Chang Siew Lin, Jong Li Ting, Sow Qian Kok, and Keagen Chang.

The judges for the competition were Hock Seng Lee’s executive director Simon Lau, landscape department head Leslie Lim, Tropoxcape Design principal Johnny Then, My City Landscaping managing director Sow Qian Siong, and Living Moments editor cum HSL corporate communications officer Lisa Ikram.

“We are delighted by public enthusiasm for this cactus and succulent show. To be really honest, we expected around 20 entries. Who knew we would get 99? Vendors also reported brisk sales, especially in the last few days.

“We are happy to announce the mall is extending the popular event with a ‘Garden Show @ La Promenade’ from May 2 to May 31.

“There will be plenty of booths selling plants, and new and preloved gardening books on the mall’s ground floor. Interested vendors can still contact us as 019-816 8866,” said Shirley Loo from HSL corporate communications.

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