Oserian Flowers

Our story

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In 1969 Hans Zwager – a Dutch World War II Marine turned entrepreneur – bought a large cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya. The estate, set in a part of the world Hans and his wife June had loved since the early 1950’s, was Oserian.

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In 1969 Hans Zwager – a Dutch World War II Marine turned entrepreneur – bought a large cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya. The estate, set in a part of the world Hans and his wife June had loved since the early 1950’s, was Oserian.

From the seed of an idea, Oserian was reborn as a flower farm.

The ancient Rift Valley of Kenya, laced with beguiling lakes and populated with people of varied origins, has been our home since 1982.

See where it all began

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In 1969 Hans Zwager – a Dutch World War II Marine turned entrepreneur – bought a large cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya. The estate, set in a part of the world Hans and his wife June had loved since the early 1950’s, was Oserian.

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In 1969 Hans Zwager – a Dutch World War II Marine turned entrepreneur – bought a large cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya. The estate, set in a part of the world Hans and his wife June had loved since the early 1950’s, was Oserian.

We grow 80% of our flowers hydroponically. Instead of soil, we grow them in a water and mineral solution, so we can get their nutrition just right. What’s more, it helps us recycle fertilizer and reuse vast quantities of water – practices the Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) have commended.

We’ve also collaborated with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to improve water quality and the ecosystem of Lake Naivasha. WWF have also helped us to promote our 18,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, which is home to buffalo, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, warthogs and leopards.

Hans passed the baton to his son Peter in 2005. Now spread over 5,000 acres, we handle more than a million stems of flowers every single day, but our founder’s vision of farming in harmony with wildlife and our community continues.

See where it all began