Meet the Cedar Nursery team

Tim Sharples

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01932 862473 ex 801

Multidisciplinary and creative, Tim has more than 35 years' experience in the landscape, nursery and garden centre markets and started Cedar Nursery in 1986 with his wife, Kate. Since then, he has created many award-winning gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show. Tim also heads the judging team for the Daily Mail National Garden Competition.

Tim has worked worldwide on landscape projects throughout Europe, as well as in Russia and Japan. His continual drive and enthusiasm for Cedar Nursery has meant sustained growth and success for the company which supplies many businesses, individuals and organisations such as RHS Wisley and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

His determination to produce cutting-edge 3D landscape design software has led to his involvement in development projects with Google,amongst others.

Dave Spinks
Nursery Manager

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01932 862473 ex 803

Dave has worked in Garden Centre management for more than 15 years, in both independent and family-run businesses. He joined Cedar Nursery in 2013. Dave has a successful record of sourcing and growing plants from around Europe, specialising in locating varieties which thrive in the UK and is always aiming to try something new.

His knowledge of plants and gardening is immediately apparent and he brings great energy and enthusiasm to the nursery.

Dave loves the more informal type of gardens but moreover his interest lies in the plants themselves.

His top tip for a thriving garden is: “keep your plants fed".

Alison Caldwell
Landscape Architect

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01932 862473 ex 810

Alison qualified as a Landscape Architect in 1988, she also has an MA in Horticulture and a degree in Housing Development. She joined our team in 2014 as our full-time chartered Landscape Architect, also offering our cutting-edge 3D landscape design services. She is inspired by Garden History and it's influence on Garden Design. Whilst living and working abroad she also appreciated the opportunity to study plants in their natural habitats and growing conditions, across 3 different Continents.

Alison's wealth of Garden Design experience is across sectors, so for example, her projects could range from designing a Contemporary Country Garden for a Private Residence, with the next being a Commercial Landscape Design for a hotel.

Louise Fifield
Sales Executive

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01932 862473 ex 814

Louise's background is from Corporate and the Private sector and is new to the outdoor living sector. She brings with her a wealth of sales, support and management experience to the nursery.

She is very customer focused and enjoys relationship building, with her customers, she believes in treating people how you would like to be treated yourself.

Louise lives with her partner and their 2 cats Ozzi and Lola, she has 2 grown up children and a grandson, she also firm supporter of Dementia UK and The Meningitis Trust.

Claire Portman
Sales Executive

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01932 862473 ex 802

Claire joined Cedar Nursery in Spring 2018 to assist with sales of garden buildings and furniture. She has a sales and project management background in the building industry serving the domestic sector. Claire has one grown up daughter and the other love of her life is her dog Ruby – a Hungarian Vizsla.

When asked what she most enjoys about her job she said ‘It’s the variety of the role and dealing with the general public - meeting and talking with interesting people from all walks of life’.

Don Carroll
Assistant Nursery Manager

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A nurseryman's nursery man, Don is Assistant Nursery Manager and works directly under Dave looking after the plant area.

Prior to his training at Merrist Wood, he gained a degree in History, worked in insurance and as a Tax Officer. He has more than 25 years' experience in nursery stock production, including budding, grafting, division and propagation. Don has a special interest in trees and is particularly inspired by the collections at Westonbirt Arboretum.

He favours a spartan and minimalist look in the garden, and his advice is to “keep it neat and tidy". He lives in Surrey with his wife.

Lynda Wales
Plant Consultant

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01932 862473 ex 822

After a successful city career in law, Lynda turned her skills to horticulture and has been with us since 2005. Enthusiastic, smart and energetic, Lynda juggles two roles at Cedar Nursery.

In addition to being a knowledgeable and experienced member of the nursery team, she also works closely with the landscape design team producing plant placing schemes to deliver the best creative results for her clients.

When she's not living locally with her husband and 3 almost grown-up children, she can be found enjoying the high-life in the Alps.

Carina Horn
Plant Area Assistant

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01932 862473 ex 806

Another member of Cedar Nursery's multi-disciplined team, Carina joined us more than 10 years ago and, over the years, has seen the business grow. During this time she has been active in many different areas but now spends most of her time in the plant area; she has an incredible eye for detail and tidiness.

Carina comes from Norway and brings with her a refreshing, northerly and no-nonsense attitude to all her duties and activities here.

She is a keen horticulturist and spends many hours redesigning and working in her own garden. Carina lives locally with her husband and 3 sons.