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Meet Fenny Kokenge of Fenny’s Flowers in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fenny Kokenge.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Fenny. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Fenny’s Flowers was created about 3 years ago after being an elementary school PE teacher for many years. Armed with a tight budget and loads of creativity, I developed a popular and successful PE program. If there is passion, creativity, and hard work – anything is possible. Having no experience in developing/growing a business, I applied the same principles and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Has it been a smooth road?
Having no experience, there was so much to learn! My biggest struggle was social media and computer programs. College for me was 30 years ago so there was a steep learning curve. Locating quality vendors/products was a struggle. On a side note – the Instagram Succulent community has been very helpful and extremely supportive!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fenny’s Flowers – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
When I started out this business – the plan was just to do live succulent arrangements but it has become so much more. Workshops, as private parties or in restaurants/brewery’s, have become a huge part of my business which wasn’t expected. There was also a definite need for artificial succulent arrangements so I have been creating custom pieces for clients and interior designers. I’m also designing hatbands, headbands, and other jewelry with live and artificial succulents. A close family friend does high quality woodwork and creates all of my vessels. Pairing the woodwork with my succulent designs creates unique arrangements and sets my business apart. It’s just myself running the business and I do get lost of compliments on the organization of my workshops which I take lots of pride in. Using my business to donate to causes, raise funds or help others in some way has extremely rewarding. From therapy workshops for parents that have lost kids to cancer to donating centerpieces for Maxlove Project (Max was one of my PE students who is thriving today after battling brain cancer) are what I’m most proud of!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Absolutely! Workshops are a very trendy outing for a group of girlfriends or a date night. Having a workshop at a restaurant or brewery would benefit everyone and LA would be perfect for that. For the other part of my business – the artificial arrangements – LA would be perfect for that as well. I’ve done lots of custom pieces for businesses and offices that want to beautify their space without the maintenance of real plants.

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