Dan Pearson trained at the RHS Garden Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 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 has been a weekly newspaper gardening columnist for over 14 years, spending 9 years at The Sunday Times, followed by a period at The Daily Telegraph. He has been writing for The Observer magazine since 2006. He 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 designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens and has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5.