John Hinton first wrote a suite of songs for Cambridge University Botanic Garden in 2014, as part of the Campsite residency. Then, in 2018, when the Garden decided to redesign their historic systematics beds, and build a new Rising Path for visitors to be able to see these beds from above for the first time, they asked John to come back and write songs about ten selected plant families. This became the original Ensonglopedia of Plants.
In 2019, Kew Gardens in London commissioned John to write 15 minutes of original song material about evergreen trees, which he performed three times a day for a fortnight as part of their Woodland Wonders sesason. This became the second Ensonglopedia of Plants.