Midori Shintani trained in horticulture and landscape architecture at Minami Kyushu University, Japan. In 2002 she moved to Sweden and trained to become a gardener at Millesgården and Rosendals Trädgård. In 2004 she moved back to Japan and worked at a garden design company and perennial nursery, gaining experience in both traditional and modern styles. Since 2008 she has been the head gardener of Tokachi Millennium Forest, merging ‘new Japanese horticulture’ into wild nature. She writes and lectures throughout Asia.