dan pearson

dan pearson

Portrait: Emli Bendixen

Dan Pearson is a British landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer and gardener.

 

His work is characterised by an innate sensitivity to place, an intuitive and light-handed approach to design, bold and painterly naturalistic plantings and deep-rooted horticultural knowledge.

 

Dan trained in horticulture at RHS Gardens’ Wisley, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has been practising as a landscape and garden designer since 1987.

 

He is a member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD), an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Hon FRIBA) and a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). Since 2014 he has been a Garden Advisor to the National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle.

 

In 2013 Dan was the subject of an exhibition at The Garden Museum, London, Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson.

 

Dan has designed a number of award-winning show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. His 2015 show garden for Chatsworth and Laurent Perrier was awarded a Gold Medal and Best Show Garden.

 

Dan lectures and broadcasts regularly and has written a number of books. For over 20 years he wrote a weekly newspaper gardening column, most recently for The Observer. He now writes his own weekly blog, Dig Delve.

Timeline

2018

Starts work on a second Aman resort, Aman Mangyun, in Yunnan, China


2018

Collaborates with Publica on an urban greening strategy for Lambeth Green in London


2018

Starts writing a book about the Tokachi Millennium Forest to be published in 2020 by Filbert Press


2018

Commissioned to redesign the Delos garden at Sissinghurst Castle


2018

Starts collaborating with Thomas Doxiadis on an artists' retreat on a Greek Cycladic island


2018

Commissioned to work with 6a Architects on a planted building in Melbourne, Australia


2017

Starts work on new designs for Jack Pond at Chatsworth


2017

Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden, a collection of Dan's newspaper articles for The Observer, is published


2017

Commissioned to design new plantings for Belsay Hall, Northumberland


2016

Starts work on a new masterplan vision for Dartington Hall in Devon


2015

Commissioned to work on the masterplan for a private Greek island


2015

Creates a wildflower parterre inspired by a William Morris design for ‘The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now’, an exhibition at Compton Verney


2015

Wins competition with Wright & Wright Architects for a new library at Lambeth Palace


2015

Chatsworth Laurent Perrier Garden wins Gold Medal and Best Show Garden at Chelsea Flower Show


2015

Starts collaborating with John Pawson on a new hillside house in Merano, Italy


2014

Appointed a Garden Advisor to Sissinghurst Castle by the National Trust


2014

Starts work on a major commission at Woodside, San Francisco, with Olson Kundig Architects


2014

Starts work on the landscape design for the new extension to The Garden Museum in London


2014

Invited to work at Chatsworth by the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire


2013

Commissioned to work on a second Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Manchester with Foster & Partners


2013

Works on the design of a new garden for potter, Edmund de Waal, and his family


2013

Appointed planting designer for the Garden Bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick


2013

Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson, an exhibition at The Garden Museum, London


2013

Begins working on new projects in Connecticut, San Francsico and Kauai


2012

Commissioned to work on the masterplan for a new Aman resort, Aman Yangyun, in Shanghai, China


2012

Works with Zaha Hadid Architects to seat a new residence in the forest outside Moscow, Russia


2011

Home Ground: Sanctuary in The City, a book about Dan's own garden in Peckham, London is published


2011

Commissioned by Argent to work on Handyside Gardens, the first planted space at the new King's Cross development


2011

Creates a new design for the terrace at the RIBA headquarters in London


2009

Spirit: Garden Inspiration, a book about influences on Dan's design work, is published


2006

Appointed to work on the masterplan for a Heritage Lottery fund application for Lowther Castle


2006

Elected a Tree Ambassador by The Tree Council


2006

Appointed weekly gardening columnist for The Observer


2005

Commissioned to work on the first Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in London


2005

Designs a roof terrace for the new Evelina Children's Hospital in London


2005

Starts work on the design of a new Winter Garden at Battersea Park


2005

Commissioned to work on the masterplan for Park City, Hamadayama, a new residential development in Tokyo, Japan


2004

The show garden for show sponsor Merrill Lynch at the Chelsea Flower Show wins a Silver Gilt medal


2003

Appointed weekly gardening columnist for The Telegraph


2002

Invited to collaborate on a masterplan for the Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido, Japan


2001

The Garden: A Year at Home Farm, a 6 part TV series presented by Dan is broadcast on BBC 2. An accompanying book of the same name is also published


2001

Starts work on a new design for the walled garden at Broughton Hall


2000

Commissioned to design a series of roof gardens for the new Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo, Japan


1999

Works on planting designs for the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, London


1998

The Essential Garden Book, co-written with Sir Terence Conran, is published


1997

Produces a new masterplan for Althorp House following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales


1996

A show garden created for The Evening Standard at the Chelsea Flower Show wins a Gold Medal


1996

Presents a second series of Garden Doctors


1995

Presents Garden Doctors, a new 6 part television series on Channel 4


1995

Commissioned to design a series of new gardens at Armscote Manor, Warwickshire


1994

Appointed weekly gardening columnist for The Sunday Times


1994

A show garden created for the Chelsea Flower Show wins a Silver Gilt Medal


1993

Commissioned to produce designs for Torrecchia Vecchia, a ruined medieval village in Italy


1993

A show garden created for the Chelsea Flower Show wins a Silver Gilt Medal


1992

A show garden created for the Chelsea Flower Show wins a Silver Medal


1989

Creates a new garden at Priscilla and Antonio Carluccio's Hampshire cottage


1989

Appointed in house garden designer at The Conran Shop


1989

Starts practising as a garden designer


1988

A one year student placement at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens


1987

Frances Mossman invites Dan to create a series of experimental naturalistic gardens at Home Farm in Northamptonshire


1986

Scholarship to the Valley of Flowers, Uttar Pradesh, India


1984

Continues his studies in horticulture at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


1983

One year work placement at Edinburgh Botanic Garden, Scotland with an AGS Scholarship to Picos de Europa, Northern Spain


1981

Meets Frances Mossman and designs her first London garden


1980

Commences the study of horticulture at the RHS Garden’s Wisley


1976

Creates his first flower borders at his parents home in Hampshire, England


1964

Born in Windsor, England


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