Makiko's back ground

Photo by Shu Tomioka

Makiko Sato

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Makiko Sato was trained for hospitality skills at Imperial Hotel, the legendary landmark of Tokyo. Makiko deeply believes philosophy of the hospitality can be required as the idea to create nature in people needs.

Crossed over for gaining garden design skill in Writtle College in the UK. Her horticultural career initially took off as a show coordinator, she had worked for several medal winning garden designers in the Chelsea Flower Show since 2004 and for Sarah EberleAndy Sturgeon at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan.

Makiko established makiko design studio in 2011 for Tokyo and London that provide garden designs for clients throughout the UK, Japan and overseas. Her unique blend of natural English and contemporary Japanese style is adaptable to a garden of any shape and size.


Her beautiful planting skill has been a big part of the team of Sarah Eberle in Chelsea Flower Show since 2014. Also it was beautifully worked well with Paul Stone for BBC Gardeners World 2016, Featured Gardens for RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Makiko won a Sliver Gilt medal at her first conceptual garden for ‘Japanese Reconstruction’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012.

She challenged to express with her garden to communicate her appreciation for all the support and encouragement received from British people and from the world at the time of the disaster.
Planting and unique British style of her own that incorporates a Japanese garden was well received across cultures.


Garden Charity UK was also set up in the UK for supporting victims of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake which occurred on March 11th 2011.  


Worked as an assistant for Show director of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).


The recognition committee member of The Japan Branch of The Royal Horticultural Society (RHSJ) recommendation products. *2013-2015


A gardener at Great Dixter on a short-term basis to explore professional skill of plants and planting schemes by a head gardener, Fergus Garrett.


JGP International Orchid and Flower Show Steering Committee Secretariat- Planing,Overseas Market.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, UK
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, UK

‘When I was little, we moved down to the countryside. My parents, specially dad who was an architect, wanted me to learn and feel about the nature which has been deeply rooted as my treasure world. I have now deep appreciation to be given about the opportunities.

Thank you.


I hope to illustrate natural harmony by bringing any different styles can be unified and coexist in utter tranquillity.

Garden is a place to make people happy in the world. - makiko ’