Hendrika Kwan is well known for two plant groups – orchids and chillies. These two plant groups are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. One is pretty and colourful while the other can be extremely deadly to the tastebuds if untrained and unprepared. Principal horticulturist of Plant Visionz founded in Singapore since 2012, Hendrika teaches people how to grow their own food and orchids. In Oct 2017, she started competitive chilli eating and competitive eating to connect plants and people.
She has been part of several award winning projects in the Singapore garden festival in the orchid show as well as landscape design. From that she shared her knowledge of orchids, landscape design and plant health in Singapore and Brisbane.
Now permanently based in Brisbane, Hendrika works in keeping gardens tidy, growing ultra hot chillis as a production crop in suburbia and helping others become better gardeners.
Facilitating the language barrier between plants and people is what Hendrika loves to explore – interpreting the ‘language’ of plants when they are stressed or growing in ideal conditions is like interpreting a friend’ actions and emotions. When one see plants as their friends, they will understand them better and give them what they need and like.
To garden is an outward expression of one’s personality. Everyone connects with different plants and styles. “I love making and giving people the tools to achieve their dreams.”
Hendrika’s passion for gardening started at 21 in Singapore when she notice a Dendrobium orchid in her parent’s home. From there she ventured into collecting orchids followed by a attaining an honour’s degree in Horticulture at UQ (Gatton Campus) and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment to become a qualified trainer.
Hendrika is a long time member of Orchid Society of South-east Asia, recent member of Queensland Orchid society and student judge.