Writer Dan Pearson plans to use his professional garden design experience as the new garden columnist at The Observer, where he is to take over from TV gardener Monty Don. Former Daily Telegraph writer Pearson said he will base his column on his city garden in London and the 20 projects “ranging in distance from the Cotswolds to north Japan” that he is developing at his studio. Don writes almost exclusively about his country garden in Herefordshire. Pearson added: “I’ll be drawing on this experience, whether creating small gardens, a restoration project or an ecology park. It will have to be plant-based. It will be great for me to be able to write about gardening, even though I’m now practising as a designer.” Observer Magazine editor Allan Jenkins said Don was leaving after 12 years to concentrate on TV commitments. He added that the fact that Pearson runs his own gardening business gave more options for articles: “I’m not saying Monty’s not a gardener, but Dan has many more projects.”
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