Green, Lush and Carefully Tended, Nairobi’s Famous Nurseries are Losing Ground

As Nairobi widens roads and erects new apartment buildings, its famous nurseries, which operate on public land, are threatened. Photo by Jason Patinkin

“If I may ask,” the flower vender interrupts, “when did you last see a frog in Nairobi?”

I pause. This is a question I have never been asked before.

“You’ve never seen one,” he answers for me, then points to a row of concrete houses built over what was once a free-flowing river. “Because what they are doing is draining their sewage into a wetland. That’s why there’s no life in Nairobi.”  Read more…


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