Bertram Manhin (Date of Birth: 6th Jul 1934)
Born in Arima, Trinidad on July 6th, 1934, Bertram Manhin later moved to Port-of-Spain. He attended Tranquillity Boys’ Intermediate School, Queen’s Royal College and St. Mary’s College. He also attended the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Although he had not studied horticulture formally, his interest in it was sparked when he was very young from observing his uncle, Eugene Kong, tending to his orchids. That interest developed into a great lifelong passion.
Throughout his life, Mr Manhin travelled often to Florida, South America, Malaysia and Singapore in search of fruits, flowers and ornamental plants, which he would later cultivate in Trinidad. He purchased the La Vega Estate in 1983 and introduced exotic tropical fruits and flowers such as rambutan, carambola, canistel, dwarf pommecythere, rollinia, langsat, longan, dwarf white frangipani and yellow leaf duranta. In 1985, Mr Manhin became a member of both the Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the Rare Fruit Council in Florida in the United States.
Outside of the field of horticulture, he is a well-known sports personality. He was a national pistol champion from 1963 to 1999 (except for three years when he did not compete) and a bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 1978. He has won several medals in Central American and Caribbean competitions. For his sporting achievements, he was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) in 1990, and was nominated for the West Indian Tobacco Sportsman of the Year Award in 1978, 1986 and 1990. He was inducted into the First Citizens Sports Foundation Hall of Fame for rifle and pistol shooting in 2008.
Throughout his career, Mr Manhin has promoted horticulture in Trinidad and Tobago. He encourages young people to “remain positive and to never give up on their goals.”