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The Plant Based Podcast

Mar 28, 2021

Surprise! Michael and Ellen are here with another episode of The Plant Based Podcast this week, taking a deep dive into all things Japanese gardening with garden designer, Makiko.

In this episode, Makiko shares her journey, from working in the hotel industry in Japan, to studying horticulture in the UK – where she now spends half her time. She reflects on her time working at The Chelsea Flower show and a number of Japanese orchid festivals over the past couple of years – sharing her appreciation for the plant with fellow orchid lover, Michael!

She also talks about her thoughts on wabi sabi gardening, her design inspiration, Gertrude Jekyll, and what she misses most about the UK when she’s in Japan. She also shares her tips with Ellen about how to harvest Japanese rice and shares, how the Sakura’s slow bloom reflects the Japanese mentality of being patient and present in the moment.


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