Lunch With Sumiko: Keeping a 108-year-old family business alive

Their great-grandfather started Nyee Phoe and Eng siblings Kenny (seated), Andy and Shannon are now in the business, which has gone from retailing plants to landscaping services to what they call "hortitainment".
Their great-grandfather started Nyee Phoe and Eng siblings Kenny (seated), Andy and Shannon are now in the business, which has gone from retailing plants to landscaping services to what they call "hortitainment".ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Eng siblings are keeping the family business going, 108 years after their great-grandfather started it

Long before the idea of Singapore as a Garden City took root, the Engs were big on plants.

Great-grandfather Eng Hock Lai was among the early waves of immigrants from China, and was hired to tend the garden of a merchant as he had experience with plants back home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 14, 2019, with the headline 'Out in the Kranji countryside'. Print Edition | Subscribe