The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow

Antonia Harrison at Compton Verney, Warwickshire

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£10,437 raised
178 funders

Funded 3 October 2014

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101% funded

Our plan is to create a mown parterre (a formal garden) based on the designs of legendary English designer William Morris. The parterre will live within a wild-flower meadow developed by leading landscape designer Dan Pearson.

Dan Pearson will be the first garden designer to have worked on the grounds at Compton Verney since Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century, and the project will complement our summer 2015 exhibition The Arts & Crafts House – which will also feature William Morris's work.

The meadow will be a striking sight when viewed from the gallery and will provide an immersive experience for visitors of all ages who journey through it. It will also provide a gateway to the rest of our historic grounds.

The meadow will have a long-lasting legacy, encouraging new species of native wild flowers, which were of particular interest to William Morris. We will work with volunteers and grounds staff to re-populate the meadow with the new species for the project. This process will allow different interpretations of the exhibition and grounds.

The project will provide not only a captivating experience for visitors, but will also be hugely beneficial for the local wildlife.

About the artist

Dan Pearson
Dan Pearson is a garden and landscape designer and journalist. He trained at the RHS Garden Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has studied wild-flower communities in Spain and the Himalayas, and spent two years working at the botanic gardens of Jerusalem and Edinburgh.

Dan has an innate understanding of how plants relate to their surroundings and natural growing conditions, and was one of the earliest contemporary practitioners of naturalistic perennial planting in the UK. He has worked on high-profile public gardens and landscapes, including Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido, Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital in London and Broughton Hall in Yorkshire. He has also completed many private garden commissions.

He is currently working on the landscaping and planting for the new Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge that will cross the River Thames in London. He has been a gardening columnist for over 20 years and has written for The Observer magazine since 2006.

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Rapture & Wright Design Commission

By Antonia Harrison

Designers Rapture & Wright talk about the process of designing a fabric inspired by Dan Pearson’s Wildflower Meadow... Read more

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We did it!

By Antonia Harrison

Our Dan Pearson and William Morris meadow is now 102% funded... Read more

Campaign update

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Compton Verney campaign receives major boost... Read more

Top ten reasons to donate

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Get the word out to family and friends with 10 fantastic reasons to donate and help us make a wildflower meadow!... Read more

Great rewards – making art happen!

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Great rewards on offer in return for your support!... Read more

How to sow a meadow

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Rosa Nguyen: Artist in Focus

By Antonia Harrison

As part of the Arts & Crafts House exhibition we are very excited to be working with artist Rosa Nguyen. Rosa’s work explores natural elements and organic forms with a fusion of western and oriental sensibilities... Read more

William Morris and the Garden

By Antonia Harrison

On behalf of all at Compton Verney and Dan Pearson we'd like to say a big thank you to all those who have donated towards the project so far. We've noticed that a few people have been commenting on the meadow project and its impact on historic parkland, so I'd like to share a few more details with you... Read more

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Gwen, LONDON

11 December 2014 - 13:45

You should offer a print of the geometric drawing of the garden on the front page as a reward...

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