Growing up, Daniel Nolan drew landscapes constantly. Deserts, jungles, and gardens often blended into each other. “I was restlessly creative. My favorite toys were a box of markers and a pad of paper.” That love of art lead him to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, but after five years he moved to South Carolina and began his own landscape design business, mixing the Mediterranean plant palette he fell in love with in California with the formal garden aesthetic he grew up with amongst the historic gardens of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley.
Since joining Flora Grubb Gardens in 2009, Daniel has become known for his use of botanically sophisticated combinations of the familiar and the foreign. He has worked on projects ranging from living walls for homes and restaurants, to transformations of residential gardens, to the planting design for the Powell Street Parklet, which garnered praise from the San Francisco Chronicle and The American Society of Landscape Architects. His work has also appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and San Francisco Magazine.