Manabu Saito studied industrial design at Pratt Institute and began his career designing for the New York Botanical Garden and flower shows in New York City. His botanical illustrations have appeared in Audubon, National Geographic, and numerous other magazines and journals. His work is included in many books, including Wildflowers of North America, A Guide to Field Identification, and A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks. His award-winning botanical paintings are in many prestigious collections, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. He also designed the orchid stamp series for the U.S. Postal Service, which depicts four orchids native to the United States.