People  |  August 3rd, 2017

Gal Behind the Garden: Mika McPherson


Mika McPherson, Gardener
Joined the Team: March 2017


Day-to-day activities:

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:

Beijing, China

Favorite food:

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.

Favorite book?

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Favorite gardening quote:

“We are all different flowers from the same garden.”



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