Osamu Shimizu was born in Okayama, Japan in 1947. After studying at the Koyo School of Landscape Design, he was a designer for residential gardens and public parks in Japan. In the early 1970s he left Japan to study and work in several of Europe’s leading nurseries and arboreta. Later, as a landscape designer and consultant, he created plantings and developed plans for some of the most famous gardens in France, Italy, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1978 he came to the United States and founded his own landscape company in the Washington DC area.