Tina James – Garden Designer
BALI Accredited Designer
Tina combines an enviable eye for design with a wealth of plant knowledge, having worked her whole life in the sector from hands-on growing and gardening through to running a major retail and plant distribution unit. Her passion for plants is evident in all her schemes, with her creative flair underpinned by sound horticultural practicality. BALI accredited, Tina designs and oversees construction and planting on site with energy and enthusiasm.
Favourite Garden? Coton Manor. Why? It has many different and interesting areas, diverse planting and enormous depth of colour in the borders. The planting combinations, fragrances, meadow and bluebell woods are also fantastic.
David Kurita-May – Garden Designer and CAD Trainer
David studied Garden Design at Middlesex University, graduating with a First Class BA Honours. Before joining Nicholsons, he had worked as a garden designer in North London and the surrounding Home Counties both independently and in partnership with other prominent Garden Designers. His designs are always based on a strong attention to the finer detail, and he is equally at home working in either a traditional or contemporary style. Well respected as a CAD and Garden Design tutor, David is still in demand as a visiting lecturer at KLC school of design, and runs CAD tuition for garden designers from the Orchard Barn here at Nicholsons.
Favourite Garden? The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. Why? I love this garden because of the way the chosen sculpture is placed so sensitively into the beautiful landscape surroundings.
Ruby Simpson – CAD Designer
Ruby’s background is rooted in the garden – at a young age she by chance discovered a passion for plants and nature which led to her choosing to work at the local Garden Centre and Nursery. Besides the practical day-to-day work of potting up, pruning and advising customers, she took several courses in Plant Care and Horticulture, with a natural flair for plant design. Joining Nicholsons as a CAD Technician in 2013, Ruby now bridges the practical and the theoretical, detailing up the designs and putting together planting schemes with utmost accuracy and professionalism.
Favourite Garden? Broughton Grange. Why? Because of the stunning naturalistic herbaceous borders that look effortlessly simple yet contain combinations that deliver throughout the seasons.
Peter Sharp – Planting Designer
Peter studied a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University to translate a background in practical horticulture and a degree in Ecology towards design. Within his role at Nicholsons, he also works as part of the softworks team to reinforce designs through close communication on the ground.
This passion for plants and ecology informs his approach to planting design which takes inspiration from the natural environment to put “the right plant in the right place”.
Favourite Garden? Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Bruton Why? Stunning naturalistic island bed design with swathes of grasses and perennials reflecting a new movement in planting design.