Kenya's flower power

Published 9:18 AM ET, Mon March 16, 2015
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Kenya is one of the world's biggest exporters of cut flowers, accounting for around one in three flowers sold in the European Union. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A worker at the Maridaidi Farm in Naivasha carries roses for export to Europe ahead of this year's Valentine's Day. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images
Roughly 50% of Kenya's 127 flower farms are located around Lake Naivasha, some 90 kilometers northwest of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images
The main cut flowers grown in Kenya are roses, carnations, hypericums (pictured), alstromeria, gypsophilla and lilies, amongst many others. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images/file
Several Kenyan growers are showcasing their blooms this week at the World Floral Expo in Los Angeles, one of the largest events of the industry. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
The Kenya Flower Council says that an estimated 500,000 people, including more than 90,000 flower farm employees, depend on the country's floriculture industry. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images