Dan Pearson – Delos: Two Years On

Following on from designing Delos, Dan Pearson joins us for 'The Sissinghurst Series' to discuss the inception and design process of Delos from research to execution and considering gardening in a warmer climate.

  • Booking essential

In 2018 Troy asked Dan if he could provide more concrete help in re-imagining Delos. This area of the garden had originally been envisaged by Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West as an homage to the Greek island of that name which they had fallen in love with while on holiday in 1935. However, due to the garden’s north-facing aspect and heavy Wealden clay soil it had rapidly became a shady woodland garden quite at odds with the couple’s sun-baked vision.

Working closely with Sissinghurst’s curatorial and gardening teams, Dan and his design team gained a deeper understanding of the original intentions behind the garden, and proposed design solutions to make the site work including raked terracing to harvest as much sunshine as possible and a free draining soil mix to give the planting the conditions it would require to thrive.

Work on remaking the Delos garden started in spring 2019 and took a year to complete. In this lecture Dan will discuss methods he implemented along with reflecting on how Delos has developed and how it will continue to progress.


Event ticket prices
  • All £50.00

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Meeting point
Please meet at Visitor Reception.
There are stairs leading to the lecture space.

Contact Info

Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Call 01580 710700

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