We had the good fortune of connecting with Raúl García Belmontes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Raúl, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from a small town in Mexico named el zapote grande. We were raised surrounded by nature and our every day living including feeding depended on it. My mother migrated to the us in search of a better future and with hopes of becoming a nurse. Unfortunately and fortunately… she ended in the fields caring and reproducing plants. As a young boy we had no one to care for us on the weekends and my mother worked Monday thru Sunday so her solution was to take us to work with her. I remember from afar watching my mother tired, sweaty and full of dirt but she was smiling. I was confused because I didn’t understand why that was. Flash forward to a couple of years I was about to graduate high school and needed to work to pay for my senior activities so I entered to work in a plant nursery. That’s year I understood why my mothers smiled even when she was tired since now I was doing the same thing. Plants brought joy and I felt their power. Today I create arrangements of live orchids because I want others to have that power and happiness that nature gives.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe that what sets me apart from others is that I don’t call myself a florist. I am a plant lover that aims to make others fall inlove with nature by framing it’s already existing beauty. I am very proud to show my mother that all those years of hard work and good examples have paid of. And that I am the person I am because of her . I am where I am today because I found people that believed in me and my talent and gave me an opportunity. One of those persons being Karina Banda. She showed me that everything is possible by asking and opens lots of doors .it hasn’t been easy but nothing that is worth it is. The lessons that I’ve learned on the way is that rest doesn’t exist and that doors open when you ask. I want people to know that my brand is made with love and that every arrangement has a piece no only of me but also my mother and every person that helps me create them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to homestead Florida. This is a small town but it is full of culture and exciting things to do. Example we have lots of authentic Mexican restaurant. One of them being Morelia taqueria. Here they have the best tacos al pastor and amazing micheladas. After we would go for dessert to la michoacana, this place has amazing freshly made ice cream and other amazing Mexican delicacies. In homestead we also have scheblys winery in which there is live music and amazing wine and for adventure we have our own skydiving airport. The Everglades is also around the corner.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother and my husband @alanphillip

Website: https://touchoforchids.us/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/touchoforchids?igshid=dfulg1mxvsl0

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