It started as a fun activity to help his mother out in her nursery. The concept has now morphed into ‘I am the Gardener’, a retail brand that sells a wide variety of plants, pots, fertilizers and gardening tools. In the process Biraj Khadka, its co-founder and director, created Nepal’s first modern gardening center.
They grow and sell more than 250 plant species: flowering, indoor, outdoor, rare, exotic, seasonal, to cacti and succulents. “We wanted to simplify things for all plant lovers out there and help them grow their plants better,” says Khadka. “We advise them on how to invest the least amount of time in taking care of plants”.
Khadka belongs to a family which has for generations been into agri-business. Twenty years ago, his mother had opened Khadka Nursery, which became their family business. In 2014, when he started helping his mother with accounts of Khadka Nursery, he discovered big loopholes in the way plants were being retailed in Nepal.
“At first, I wasn’t very enthusiastic and didn’t think I would continue working for the nursery,” he admits. “But while helping in the nursery, I found that this sector was still to really develop in Nepal.” Khadka started researching and found that the market couldn’t absorb their products in the absence of a medium to connect with customers. “Local nurseries were only catering to their areas and making a living out of it,” he says. There was no way for you to get the plant you wanted, where you wanted it.
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