Padmaja Kamisetty, owner of Ohana group of companies, shares how she stumbled into leading and growing a flower company in 2004. She has created a new venture in 2015 to go into wedding and event décor, going way beyond flowers. But, flowers continue to be her muse.
Serendipity best describes how I got into owning one of the premium flower boutiques in Bangalore. I graduated in agricultural sciences which gave me the initial exposure to horticulture and floriculture. When I got married and went to the US, I mastered in Agribusiness, which is an offshoot of Agricultural Economics from Arizona State University. I was also keen on gardening and Portland was the right place to grow a variety of flowers, be it lilies, dahlias, irises, roses and a wide variety of perennials and fruits such as espaliered apples, peaches and plums.
Back in India, my interior designer put me in touch with the founder of Ohana and something clicked - both of us were flower lovers and she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse : to take over her flower business. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would own such a beautiful business. Though exposed to the academics of agribusiness, I had no idea how to run a business. There has to be a beginning for everything. This was mine!
My time at Ohana has taught me that this is truly a passion-driven business and that the product has to be fantastic, should offer creative choices and unique packaging. A deep understanding of the flowers and the clients sets you apart and stands you in good stead in the long run. I also experiment with fillers and flowers by growing some on our farm nearby. We are eagerly tracking the trends in the fashion, architecture and interior design industries to deepen our understanding of colors, textures and of course, spaces.
I have had the privilege of guiding Ohana’s trailblazing journey so far. We strived to create new standards for product excellence and customer delight in this industry. We and our customers share a passion for elegance, beauty, excellence and for creating wonderful memories. With this strength behind us, we launched a new venture – Ohana fine events and décor a few years ago.
Ohana fine events and décor is a one-of-its-kind décor venture. It carries forward the legacy of expressing beautiful sentiments with lovely artisanal elements, designer props, eclectic accessories, dreamy lights, finest fabrics and of course, premium flowers. Whether it’s an exotic Moroccan wedding, an elegant, understated corporate brand launch, a vibrant sangeet ceremony, elegant cradle ceremony or an impromptu party, we can breathe magic into your ideas and bring them alive. You imagine. We create.
We would love to make your dreams come true with our exquisite blooms, exclusive concepts and attention to detail. Above all - with love and care. You will find some of our finest work in the pages of this website. I truly hope that you will find them inspiring.