Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers. He received his first shovel for his second birthday and began his gardening career in the sand box later that afternoon. Spending most of his youthful summers in a vegetable patch, on a farm, in parks, or in the woods, the curiosity of a scientist and the soul of a poet were awakened in him.
Daniel went on to study fine arts and botany at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from which he received a BS in Botany in 1986. He wrote the treatment for the Araceae, the aroid family, for the Flora of Paraguay and Flora of Hawaii projects during his senior internship at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he was employed after graduation. He started his garden design business in St. Louis while working as a herbarium assistant and grower at Missouri Botanical Garden.