Erika was born in Terwolde in the Netherlands and spent her childhood on the Cyclamen farm owned by her parents. Her life-long love of flowers began then and it was almost guaranteed that she would follow a ‘Green Education’! Erika gained her MIJ Masters Degree in 2003.
She now has her own flower shop in Apeldoorn, and also works for the Dutch Flower Association VBW. She is therefore concerned with education, organises competitions, is a member of the Council etc.
Besides all of this, she is also a qualified European judge for Floristry and was one of the judges during the European Championships in Genoa 2016.
Erika is currently one of the members of the 2025 World Cup working group in The Hague and now is an Ambassador of Floral Fundamentals.