Kenya: Kericho florist's ornamentals business thrives

Flower production in Kenya continues to scoop the country billions of shillings in revenue every year for big investors, as small investors in the industry also eke out a good living from the sale of flowers and ornamental plants for decoration locally.

Meet Virginia Wanjiru, the Kericho-based flower lady who has been spreading joy and beauty with her vibrant, fresh decorative plants, spectacularly displayed at the entrance of the Green Square Mall in Kericho town, attracting the attention of passersby.

The middle-aged florist shared her entrepreneurial journey with the Kenya News Agency, saying she resigned from the hospitality industry in Dubai to venture into flower farming, which she learned about and gained knowledge about during her stint abroad.

“I really admired how ornamental plants, especially flowers, were arranged and designed at the five-star hotel I was employed at in Dubai, and that is when my love for floristry was ignited,” said Wanjiru. Wanjiru’s variety of ornamental plants and flowers for both outdoor and indoor decorations include the popular snake plant, fiber optic glass plant, silver nerve plant, string of pearls, peace lily, Chinese money plant, air plant, water bamboo, bonsai, and bunny ear cactus, among others.


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