He went on to merge his two passions of art and horticulture and pursue a career in garden and landscape design, earning a Post-Graduate Diploma in Garden Design at the Oxford College of Garden Design, an MA in Landscape Design from the Inchbald School of Design and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
He has over 15 years’ experience designing and creating inspirational and award-winning gardens and public spaces. His design work has been professionally accredited by the Society of Garden Designers, and received numerous awards, including RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ for his first show garden ‘Landscape Obscured’, and the SGD Judges Award and Community Project Award for ‘Breakers Yard’ at The National Trust’s Sutton House in Hackney.
He received the SGD Paper Landscape Award for a landscape design, supporting an architectural scheme, approved under the rarely used Paragraph 55 clause in the National Planning Policy Framework, emphasising Dan’s ability to understand local planning opportunities and constraints, and work collaboratively with architects, ecologists and other professionals.
Dan has featured in books, magazines and television, including BBC’s Gardeners World.
In addition to his design work, Dan regularly lectures at various institutions, including KLC School of Design (London), Arts University Bournemouth and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. He also runs numerous workshops and delivers talks on garden design and art.
Dan is a long-standing Trustee of a Hampshire-based environmental charity which promotes conservation and improves access to natural wild spaces.