Inside the world of Nigeria’s florist entrepreneurs

An interesting fact about flower arrangements whether indoor or outdoor is that they offer more than just making the place look beautiful, they are also good for our health. Studies have shown that certain indoor plants if kept in your study or by your workstation, can lead to an increase in concentration and improvement by 15 percent. Certain plants also help to get rid of impurities in the air, therefore leaving you to breathe clean and fresh air around you.

Mrs. Lizzy Ikekpeazu is a horticulturist.  At her garden located along the Idu Railway road Abuja, she grows and sells beautiful flowers which can serve both as decoration and also offer various health benefits.

“We grow roses, king of the day, queen of the night, special species of jasmine and lavender. We also have plants that serve as medicine such as the custard-sugar apple which is good for the heart, stevia which can serve as natural sugar for people who are diabetic. We also grow economical plants such as strawberries, pomegranates, coconuts, guava. We have flowers which can also serve as air fresheners and cleanse the air of impurities,” she said.

The plants and flowers in her garden are all affordable. She mentions that “To purchase any plant at the garden is between N1500 and N2000. We have indoor plants that range from N1500 to N10,000, and our vases which are all Nigerian-made range from N1000 to N35,000. We also grow a plant called Noni which helps to clear the eyes. We sell a liter of it for N5000.”

According to Mrs. Ikekpeazu, a fair percentage of Nigerians are green fingers therefore she’s lucky to have customers who buy from her regularly. She states that; “Aside from the fact that flowers beautify the environment, I have a lot of customers who buy my medicinal plants to stay fit. I’ve had people buy plants worth N70,000 just because they are assured of what they’ll benefit from it health-wise.”

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