How Trinidad and Tobago's gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show can boost economy

With TT being awarded a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London by the Royal Horticultural Society, team leader Anthony Tang Kai and corporate communications for the team Franka Philip appealed to the relevant authorities to see the business aspect of it and how it can boost our economy in its own way.

Tang Kai said while exhibiting their display, This Our Native Land, many people asked them about a supply of the local flowers, plants and tropical fruits displayed in the piece. The team’s design was done by the late Bernard Beckles, who died on May 3, two weeks before the competition.

Beckles was a florist and owner of La Tropicale Flower Shop, Patna Trace, St James, and was responsible for the local floral pieces for ministers and even late presidents like ANR Robinson.

The team was made up of Tang Kai, Simone Taylor, Melissa Lee Foon, Andre Crawford, Shane Valentine, and Neave McKenzie.

Tang Kai said, “They saw it, and they fell in love with it. It is not something that you can just go and plant out in your backyard. You would have to have a conservatory.”


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