Get to know the friendly faces that you can expect to meet on your visit to Nicholsons. Our team of horticultural experts are on hand to help with any of your garden challenges; from advice on soil and planting to choosing the right plant for the right place. Scroll down to meet the team and if you would like a free consultation for more specific challenges, book a free consultation now. More information can be found by clicking here…

Vicky Clifton
Vicky CliftonRetail Manager

Vicky joined Nicholsons in 2019, as a career change from selling toys for 20 years, to follow an enjoyment of horticulture. Vicky enjoyed furthering her education by studying for her RHS Level 2 here at Nicholsons, and using this knowledge, she now takes great pleasure in advising customers on their plant choices. Her particular interests are herbaceous perennials and roses. These are perfect plants for gardening beginners, and with a wide variety of plants available on the nursery, Vicky will always be able to find something to excite and delight you.

Favourite plant: Rose Gertrude Jekyll, stunning scent and long-flowering period, with hot pink blooms.

Libby Reeves
Libby ReevesHorticultural Consultant | Ext 0321

Libby’s interest in plants came about after a field course whilst studying biology at UCL, which inspired her to undertake a yearlong traineeship in wildlife habitat management. During this time, Libby discovered her real passion lay with trees and, after working in several stunning gardens (doing everything from herbaceous borders to chainsaw work), she joined the Nicholsons team in 2018. Her main motivation was to share the knowledge she had gained to help people in their own gardens, as well as to use the horticultural challenges presented by clients as a way to develop her learning and understanding further. Libby has a particular affinity with fruit trees, but loves to help everyone who comes in with whatever they bring. She offers a free consultation service here at Nicholsons plants, everyone is welcome! Please feel free to email her at for further information.

Favourite tree: Apple Greensleeves is a gorgeous big green apple, crisp and tangy with what I can only describe as an amazing depth of flavour. Closely followed by Pear Doyenne du Comice which is sweet, juicy and better than any cake or biscuit I have ever had!

Ella Geden-Davies
Ella Geden-DaviesHorticultural Salesperson
Ella – | Ext 0337

Ella has worked at Nicholsons for two years in roles ranging from Barista to Soft Landscaper, and is now a full-time friendly face at the office hatch! She is happy to help with any enquiries, orders, collections or stock queries. So, if you’re thinking of adding to your garden, pop in for a visit and Ella will be happy to point you in the right direction. Ella also collates and writes the weekly stock update for our trade customers. We are always looking to hear more from our trade customers so we can work to provide a more tailored service. Contact Ella if you’d like to offer your feedback.

Favourite Tree: Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ – it has shiny bronze bark, ovate green leaves which have vivid autumn colour followed by stunning pale pink blossoms through late autumn and the early spring, making this tree a joyous sign of life during times of mass dormancy.

Phil Brunskill
Phil BrunskillSales Process Manager | Ext 0340

Phil started his career at Nicholsons in September 2019, after deciding to make a career change, previously working for almost 20 years in the plant and tool hire industry. A developing passion for gardening and plants prompted him to pursue a level 2 RHS course in practical horticulture. He is also currently studying level 2 RHS theory on site here at Nicholsons and finds the subject fascinating and rewarding.

Favourite plant: Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’- Red Abyssinian banana, although not a true banana, it is an amazing structural plant that adds a tropical feel to the garden. Although needing winter protection, it’s worth the effort as it will grow back at an astonishing rate during the summer months, with huge red foliage that looks stunning when the sun shines through the leaves.

Iona Milne Home
Iona Milne HomeHorticultural and Marketing Assistant

Iona splits her time between advising customers and writing for the marketing team. Her professional experience ranges from marketing for a large multinational, to undertaking a diploma in interior design and gaining hands on experience with a couple of projects under her belt. With a passion for plants and design – and when not struggling with all Latin names – she, more than anything, enjoys discussing gardens and plant planning with our customers.

Favourite plant: Medlar tree, Mespilus germanica because it ticks so many boxes; beautiful flowers, edible fruit, lush green leaves, autumn colour, small and easy to look after.

Oliver Thomas
Oliver ThomasHorticultural Assistant
Ollie – | Ext 0321

Ollie joined the Nicholsons team after spending some time at a garden centre specialising in bare root. A welcome addition, Ollie has been with us for nearly a year now, and is a tree enthusiast! He thinks they are brilliant and is particularly intrigued by how much there is still to learn about them.
Ollie is currently studying RHS Level 2 here at Nicholsons and is really enjoying furthering his knowledge. He has a real passion for choosing the right trees for the right conditions in our clients’ gardens.

Favourite tree : Acer Drumondii because it has very elegant variegated leaves and puts on a lovely show during spring and summer

Millie Burt
Millie BurtRosara Manager | ext 0327

Millie joined Nicholsons/Rosara in 2019 and is now our Rosara manager.
She loves her role at Nicholsons as she enjoys meeting new people (and their dogs!) and strives to help customers get the most out of their visit to Nicholsons. She has a strong interest in the different furniture collections we offer and our stylish Rosara lighting range.

Millie enjoys working alongside the friendly Nicholsons design team to help the customers in choosing the perfect furniture for their gardens. She also loves being outside and has a passion for making both indoor and outdoor spaces beautiful.
Always happy to help… you can find Millie’s smiling face at the desk at the entrance to the Plant Centre.

Favourite Rosara Furniture Range: The beautiful Bruern collection. The Bruern designed by Liz Nicholson is an elegant living set with a simple cross back and gentle curves. I would love to own a set of Bruern furniture as I think the simplicity and comfort allow you to enjoy your garden from a perfect viewing point.

Don’t know where to start?

Our horticultural experts are on hand to help you choose your plants. If you don’t know where to start, book a free consultation. One of our consultants will be in touch via email to confirm the appointment and request any photographs or drawings of the site. The more we know about your project, the better. They will call you, or meet you in our shop and you will get up to an hour to talk through your ideas, taking into account your space, light and soil.

If you would prefer to speak to a member of staff, you can call the office on 01869 340342 (option 1).