Business Daily (Kenya) - - THIS WEEK - Diana Mwango

I got an epiphany af­ter I vis­ited one of the ho­tels in Kenya with the most breath­tak­ing gar­dens. I wanted to feast my eyes every morn­ing on thou­sands of beau­ti­ful plants ar­tis­ti­cally ar­ranged and paired.

I started by grow­ing suc­cu­lents, those fatty plants that can thrive in the harsh­est of con­di­tions in­clud­ing be­ing mis­treated. I am a for­get­ful gar­dener and I mis­treat them yet they have been faith­ful, grow­ing into quite ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs, some rounded as spec­tac­u­lar starfish.

Re­cently, I started pair­ing them, by mis­take. I didn’t have enough pots so I mixed a few and they have flour­ished beau­ti­fully, dan­gling like artis­tic pieces.

I have the ‘Cal­i­for­nia Sun­set,’ which I mix with ev­ery­thing from don­key-tail spurge which has fleshy, blue-green leaves to ‘Cras­sula Camp­fire’ that ma­tures from bright lime green to bright red. Wel­come to this week’s is­sue. And if you don’t have green fin­gers, wel­come to the beau­ti­ful jour­ney of gar­den­ing. Mar­cus Tul­lius Cicero, a Ro­man philoso­pher said ‘‘If you have a garden and a li­brary, you have ev­ery­thing you need.’’

I hope you en­joy the in­sights of gar­den­ing (now I am ex­per­i­ment­ing with flow­er­ing plants) and the many other de­lights from the best Thai food (right here in Nairobi) to how spas set within as­ton­ish­ing wild land­scapes are at­tract­ing tourists to Kenya.

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