Notes from the Garden
Mika McPherson, Gardener
Joined the Team: March 2017
My day-to-day includes pruning, watering, cutting back, weeding, and cleanup.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. I came to the states in 2009 to further my studies in teaching English at UCSD. Soon after I met my husband and decided to move to Portland, Oregon.
Favorite plant and why?
Lucky bamboo, because it reminds me of home and gives me a sense of relaxation.
Where did you get your green thumb?
From my grandparents
What does the Purple Polo mean to you?
As a Purple Polo, I learn horticulture and teamwork, while at the same time the purple polo defines commitment, determination, and success.
Most memorable trip:
Ice Cream Sandwich
Gardening, farming, reading books at the coffee shop.
Favorite Outdoor Activity:
Hiking, picnics, walks and being able to put my hands in the earth’s soil.
At work warm and fuzzies:
The sounds and smells of nature make me happy. There is a sense of accomplishment when I can see the outcome of what I have done. How beautiful it looks when finished.
One thing you can’t live without:
Least favorite garden critter:
If you were a tree what tree would you be?
Spruce, Christmas tree, because it is surrounded by joy and happiness.
Fictional Garden you’d like to visit:
Totoro’s forest from My Neighbor Totoro.
Ideal way to spend a weekend?
Go to the beach and relax.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Favorite gardening quote:
“We are all different flowers from the same garden.”
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