Owner and Design Team

Owner

Jon Herlong

herlong_0012HwebAs owner of Custom Gardens, Jon has enjoyed serving the community’s landscaping needs and enhancing as well as expanding client relationships. He welcomes phone calls and suggestions from clients. Jon has technical grounds maintenance training, numerous Interlocking Concrete Pavers certifications and twelve years of experience working in the field of landscaping. In 2012, he purchased Custom Gardens, retaining the entire existing staff because of their wealth of knowledge and landscaping experience.

Jon is a Hampton Roads resident, along with his wife, Catherine, and their four children. As a U.S. Navy veteran, Jon had two tours of duty in Iraq as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. He also worked as a Senior EOD Instructor.  E-mail

Member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

Landscape Architect

David Chewey

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David started his first landscape company at the young age of 15 when he fell in love with outdoor environments. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1988, and soon thereafter founded his first award-winning design firm in 1990. David brings to Custom Gardens his passion for landscape architecture and his unique ability to translate a client’s vision into reality. His experience is in residential garden master planning, and he has created some of the finest gardens for commercial and educational campuses. In 2007, David created The Garden Beautiful, a charitable organization that provides design services and educates communities about landscape architecture, sustainability, and a greener environment. Through The Garden Beautiful, David has donated his services and resources to numerous Eagle projects for Boy Scouts of America, renovations for local parks, therapeutic gardens for schools for children with disabilities, and recreational areas for adult living facilities.

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Residential & Commercial Maintenance Manager

David Crespo

david-crespoDavid Crespo has over 17 years of Landscape Maintenance experience.  He gained leadership experience as the Division Manager in Landscaping and Maintenance for the past four years. David is certified as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator for Turf and Ornamentals. He has been involved in landscape projects ranging from bed plantings, hardscape installation, irrigation installation and chemical applications, but excels in and looks forward to growing the Maintenance Division of Custom Gardens.

David lives in Williamsburg with his lovely wife Jennifer and their four children. He enjoys spending time with his family swimming, target shooting and riding dirt bikes. His father, a retired Army Sergeant Major lives in Florida and David has lived all over the globe; was born in the state of Georgia and lived in Puerto Rico, Germany, Texas and has planted his roots in Virginia.

Project Manager

Jesse Fitterer

jesse-fittererJesse has over 19 years in the landscape industry. He received his Turf Management degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College and has certifications in interlocking paver installation. He is also a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator. Jesse is originally from Summit NJ, but graduated from Bruton High School in Williamsburg and is married to his best friend and wife, Katie and they have one son, Miles. Jesse loves sports (Go Giants), spending time with his family at the beach, listening to music and going to shows.

Member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).