Dan Pearson trained at the RHS Gardens’ Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Student scholarships to study wildflower communities in the Picos de Europa, Spain and the Himalayas, and 2 years spent working at the Jerusalem and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens respectively, gave Dan an innate understanding of how plants relate to their surroundings and natural growing conditions. This understanding, together with an appreciation of natural landscapes and landforms, are the primary inspiration for his work. Dan began his professional career as a garden and landscape designer in 1987, and was one of the earliest contemporary practitioners of naturalistic perennial planting in the UK.
Dan is a Tree Ambassador for The Tree Council and a member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD). In 2010 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) and was a member of the Jury for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize. In 2012 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He was awarded the International Prize and the Jury Prize at the 2011 Society of Garden Designers Awards, and the Historic Garden Prize at the 2014 SGD Awards. He has designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens, the most recent of which, for sponsors Laurent Perrier and Chatsworth, won Best in Show at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show.
Dan was a weekly newspaper gardening columnist for over 20 years, writing for The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer and now writes regularly for his own website Dig Delve. Dan sits on the Editorial Board of Gardens Illustrated magazine. He was joint author of The Essential Garden Book with Sir Terence Conran and author of The Garden: A Year At Home Farm, Spirit: Garden Inspiration and Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City. He has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5, appears regularly on radio and lectures widely.
Wisley Cert.(Hons) Kew Dip. Hon FRIBA MSGD