Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 2nd 2013 Contents "We have gained that recognition
but we ve achieved that on our own.
The Government here doesn t support
or acknowledge that."
This year, he has decided to compete
in only six shows this year to cut down
on his expenses.
Asked what he thinks is needed to
liven up the local horticultural scene,
Lutchman said not enough was being
done by the TTHS or the TTOS to pro-
mote horticulture. He mentioned the
Chelsea Flower Show in London, adding
that there was need for similar local
shows that would spawn greater interest
in horticulture and gardening. He also
lamented that the annual flower show
held by the TTHS has wilted over the
years, with fewer and fewer par-
ticipants showing interest in the
Years ago, the show which is
held at the Queen s Park Savan-
nah, was a massive event that
saw hundreds of flower displays
at various stalls and drew a large
number of patrons, who would
fill the Grand Stand. The dete-
rioration of the show, Lutchman
says, is merely a reflection of
the lack of support for horticul-
"The people who used to do
those big displays at the Savan-
nah have died out, as with most
things, and the young people
aren t doing it. There s no
encouragement or incentive.
Challenge trophies have been
pulled out, cash prizes have gone
out the window and nothing is
really happening. You gain noth-
Lutchman said he will con-
tinue to fertilise interest of ama-
teur gardeners in and to repre-
sent T&T at flower shows
around the world. T&T has a lot
to offer in the world of horti-
culture, and he s eager to see the
interest in that field germinate.
For more information or to
contact Lutchman, call 768-9577.
'Local show has wilted'
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In May this year, another local horticulturalist, Bernard Beckles,
represented the TTHS at the Chelsea Flower Show, where the
organisation copped its 16th gold medal. Beckles led the team to win in
the Grenfell range category with its presentation titled Colour Me T&T.
Beckles is also the owner of La Tropicale Flower Shop on Patna Street,
St James, where he sat with the T&T Guardian for a brief interview.
Although he's been in the floral business for 32 years, Beckles started
off as a qualified draftsman.
His flower shop is celebrating its
25th anniversary this year. Last
year, he was chosen as the show
designer for the TTHS, charged
with the responsibility of putting
together any local or international
displays on behalf of the
This year was Beckles' first time
at Chelsea, although he has
represented T&T at shows in
Barbados, Martinique, Grenada,
Jamaica and Sweden. His award-
winning Colour Me T&T piece
centered around the work of
celebrated local painter Michel Jean
Cazabon and was aimed at
showcasing the diverse nature of
T&T society. Pan, African drums,
cocoa pods, mangoes and of
course, exotic flowers were all incorporated into the lavish display.
Asked his thoughts on the state of T&T's floral industry, Beckles said
it was not an industry that many people gravitate to because "they
think there's no money or career involved."
Like Lutchman, he said, many amateur florists and horticulturalists do
not feel encouraged to stay in the field because "old stalwarts in the
industry feel threatened that they will take their spot and so they
choose not to offer guidance or advice."
He said it was important for established horticulturalists to make the
industry accessible and attractive for young people coming up. Beckles
also hosts sessions in which he offers advice to upcoming florists and
For more information, contact him at 628-0769.
Horticulturalist Bernard Beckles
PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
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