Architecture & Design

"Inch" Lim In Chong

The international multi-award-winning landscape architect behind Inchscape, Lim In Chong draws on his expertise in horticulture and design to create beautiful gardens


Lim In Chong is a highly regarded for his transporting and emotionally stirring outdoor landscapes and gardens, informed by his extensive tropical plant knowledge, instinctive spatial and environment awareness, and innovative ideas. He is the founder and managing director of landscape design consultancy Inchscape, with a clientele that includes Mandai Park Development in Singapore, the Penang state government, Hong Kong Disneyland and numerous property developers.

Inchscape is also a regular presence at international garden and horticulture expositions and shows, which host the world’s top landscape and garden designers, and where Inch often collects the top awards. This includes winning four awards at the prestigious Gardening World Cup, which has never been achieved before and remains unchallenged. His latest win was at the Shenzhen Bougainvillea Show 2020 in China, where his reinterpretation of the classical Chinese garden was awarded the Gold Award for Overall category and Best Design Award for Special Feature category.

The highly decorated designer’s accomplishments are even more stunning considering that he didn’t enter the field until the age of 45, after leaving his family stationery business. He had no qualification except perhaps an inherent interest in nature. He began by collecting plants, spending a lot of time self-learning and in nature, which contributed to his incredible know-how in purposefully selecting the best plants for a location and to reintroduce fauna that had once disappeared from a site. He acquired his qualification, a master’s degree in architecture and design, from Australia’s RMIT University in 2017.

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He was the only Asian to have been invited to judge at the prestigious British gardening show Gardeners’ World Live, in 2019. As former chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society (Johor branch), he was part of the expeditions into the tropical rainforest of Endau Rompin that led to it being gazetted as a national park. 

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