Photo by Shu Tomioka
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Makiko Sato trained classical Japanese hospitality at Imperial Hotel, the legendary landmark of Tokyo. Makiko deeply believes 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 medal winning garden designers in the Chelsea Flower Show since 2004 and for Sarah Eberle, Andy 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.
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 is well received across cultures.
Garden Charity UK has also set up in UK for supporting victims of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake which occurred on March 11th 2011.
Worked as an assistant for Showｓ 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 extend knowledge about plants and planting schemes by Fergus Garrett.
‘When I was 7, my parents (my dad was an architecture.) moved to the countryside that gave me an opportunity to grow up amongst nature and appreciate the
importance of having flora in one's life.
I hope to illustrate natural harmony by creating a space where two different styles are unified and coexist in utter tranquillity. - makiko’