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Back to reality...

Posted by James Wong on 30 Mar 2010 at 11:13 PM

Apologies for not being back for an update so long, I have just arrived back after a long trip to Malaysia looking for plants for the garden and filming an exciting new documentary following all the trials and tribulations of our search out there.

It was an amazing experience going back after such a long time away, strangely it was half like no time had passed since I left, and yet also as if I was visiting for the first time. I suppose as a designer it's a real advantage to be able to see things from both perspectives, getting back into "the zone" walking in stunning oldy worldy kampungs in downtown Kuala Lumpur and seeing some really crazy plants that until now I had only known from photos I had drooled over in dusty academic journals.

One thing I did manage to see in the wild was my all-time-favourite plant the White Bat Lily (Tacca integrifolia, syn. T 'nivea'), which I think I have incidentally finally managed to track down. Here's a photo of a, very sweaty, me checking it out:

Over the next few weeks David and I will be finalising the details of plant sourcing, organising the last few constructional details and organising all the other styling elements (pots, cushions and other accessories) that you would think were relatively simple, but are actually incredibley tricky to get just right. Now I am back I will keep you all bang up to date as it all happens!


C. wong said:

Hi James

Read the article about you in the Star newspaper 2 days ago. Are you still looking for the Tacca for the Malaysian pavilion at Chelsea? I saw few plants in one nursery just outside Kuala Lumpur last year.


on 02 Apr 2010 at 08:09 PM

Amyskates said:

Wow what an amazing plant, great show on BBC2 by the way - fingers crossed my lemongrass sprouts roots! All the best for Chelsea…

on 08 Apr 2010 at 11:13 AM

Jen said:

All the best, J

on 09 Apr 2010 at 05:03 PM

Lisa said:

That's beautiful...I think I might have to visit the Chelsea Flower Shower to see that garden...and I'm a Chelsea virgin! :)

on 15 Apr 2010 at 04:55 PM