As Lunar New Year celebrations continue, we travel to Hokkaido, a northern Island of Japan to celebrate an amazing intertwining of the wild and cultivated, the sustainable and the regenerative (for land and people) at The Tokachi Millenium Forest in Hokkaido, Japan.
Dan Pearson is a landscape and garden designer for whom an understanding of plant ecology along with an appreciation for natural landscapes inspires his acclaimed designs around the world – including that at the Tokachi Millenium Forest.
Midori Shintani is the head gardener at the Tokachi Millennium Forest. Having trained as a gardener and horticulturist in Japan and Europe, she joined the Tokachi Millennium Forest team in 2008. Under her care, the Millennium Forest and its gardens merge a “new Japanese horticulture“ with the surrounding wild nature. Midori was featured in my first book The Earth in Her Hands, 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press, 2020).
Dan and Midori's inspiring and collaborative work at the Tokachi Millennium Forest really speaks to gardeners around the globe who want to reconnect with the ecological life of the land, plants and animals on that land. The Tokachi Millennium Forest and its many gardens exemplifies a new naturalistic gardening which integrates culture, aesthetics, and horticultural traditions of both east and west.
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