Meet the team

Nikki Applewhite

Pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.

My mother was an avid gardener so I grew up in a beautiful garden, which I loved but took for granted. Thirty years later, after life in the office became too much, the genes came through and I started my own gardening maintenance business, “Down to Earth”.  This is now in its 15th year and keeping three of us extremely busy.

I found there were plenty of businesses mowing lawns and cutting hedges but no-one to carry out the more skilled garden work. So I went on courses which would equip me for more specialised work in the garden.

We now have clients that we see regularly either once a week, once a month or annually.

With all this experience I was keen to do more and nine years ago after completing 3 design courses, I launched ‘Applewhite Garden Design’.

Nikki Applewhite

Martin Gibbs

Martin joined the company in 2007 after 30 years of toil within the “bigger gardens” of British agriculture. Martin is an experienced agronomist who has been involved with plant husbandry for several decades.

Martin Gibbs

Emmy Shelton BSc (Hons) Hort.

Emmy joined the team full time in 2016 after graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Horticulture from Nottingham Trent University. She was awarded Top Horticulture Student for 2 years running and achieved the highest dissertation mark in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Emmy has been professionally trained in CAD, Garden Design, Soft Landscape Design, Horticultural Practices and Project Management. With over 4 years practical experience working in gardens, Emmy’s attention to detail is superb and her plant knowledge is ever expanding.

Emmy Shelton

Simon Taylor

Specialist Tree Surgeon who also cuts all our hedges, and manages all our varied requests.

We have several large straight forward Yew, Hornbeam and Beech hedging, but also a lot of box parterres, some topiary shapes and also a snake hedge! He is quick and extremely tidy.

For details see Tree Taylor