- Hillary Rugut received positive feedback after sharing images of his well-trimmed garden in Nandi county
- Many Kenyans asked for his services, and the land surveyor caved in by launching a landscaping business
- Rugut, also a farmer, spoke to TUKO.co.ke about how he turned his passion for gardening into a business
Things are looking up for Hillary Rugut, a Nandi man whose humble home surrounded by a majestic garden earned the admiration of Kenyans.
Hillary Rugut’s intricate garden impressed potential clients. Photos: Hillary Rugut.
How did Nandi landscaper go viral?
The images depicted a long driveway leading to his house.
Well-manicured shrubs and a trimmed fence lined the driveway, which had lush green grass.
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The sizeable compound featured numerous cypress trees and flowers along the fence.
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Another image depicted Rugut lounging in the majestic garden with his family. Many people praised his handiwork, and others encouraged him to pursue a profession in landscaping.
Speaking to TUKO.co.ke, the resident of Kapsimotwa in Chematich said he was ready to delve into the business after numerous inquiries.
Rugut, who wears many hats as a land surveyor and farmer, said he was passionate about landscaping from an early age.
“I had a passion for growing flowers, and little did I know it would turn out into something big. However, I have done flower gardening as a hobby since around 2017.”
According to Rugut, he got the push to try landscaping after a client asked him to survey land.
“My client, Magistrate Amos Mokoros, hails from a neighbouring village, and he called me for survey work. I was pleased he grows exotic trees and has a flower nursery bed. This motivated me.”
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Rugut struck a friendship with the client, and Mokoros gave him trees and flowers to start with.
“I went online and learned more about landscaping, and I really found it very exciting.”
The landscaper noted that he had launched a landscaping business alongside Mokoros across Rift Valley.
“You can reach us for all types of landscaping services.”
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In related news, Peter Koros similarly posted images of the garden he planted at his Bomet home, unaware of the overwhelming feedback he would get.
The 28-year-old shared with TUKO.co.ke his passion for landscaping and hesitance to do it professionally as he had reached Form Four.
However, Koros got so many calls that he decided to take up his first landscaping job in Elgeyo Marakwet.