Owner and Design Team


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


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.

David is also certified with the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program. CBLP-certified professionals have in-depth knowledge of sustainable landscape best practices and a focus on maintenance of stormwater best management practices.

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