Reka Kurtos was born and grew up in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. From an early age she was amazed by the magical power of flowers, as her Dad often brought home flowers for her Mum and for the young Reka too! As a child she loved to make her own daisy chains and hair garlands. She says that she tried so hard and so long the poppies dropped their petals in her hand! She never gave up and this constant failure pushed her to become a florist years later.
She started working as a Saturday girl beside school when she was 15, and by the age of 22 had studied and trained for 2 years to become a Master florist, however, she never had the opportunity to take the exams.
In early 2007 she relocated to Ireland where she started to work in a florist shop and participated in every available competition. She won first place in several heats of Interflora Florist of the Future, Interflora Florist of the Year and Irish Florist Guild Florist of the Year and never left a competition without being placed.
In 2010 I won the Scala Verde Magazine’s green challenge. After these competitions she received some invitations to demonstrate and to give workshops in Ireland and Hungary. resulting in features of her work in the media.
In 2013 she opened her own shop which she turned into a successful family run Flower boutique that employs four. In 2016 she was invited to Belgium to work on a large scale design at Floralien Gent where her group scooped 3 awards including the Special Prize of Ghent City.
Her favourite part of the floral world is clearly demonstrations, competitions and teaching.