About us

We take responsibility for the running of the business, finance personnel etc.  Looking at strategies and range to ensure the business is robust and moving forwards with an offer that is fresh and exciting.

Ian AshtonIan Ashton - Managing Director

I have worked at Lowaters Nursery since leaving university starting out as nursery manager and moving on to become a partner and then director of the business. I have seen the business change from growing strawberries and tomatoes to where we are now growing a wide range of garden plants for sale under our Garden Beauty name. Now working part time I aim to spend most of my time out visiting customers showing them the beautiful plants we have ready for sale. When I am not working for the nursery I am kept busy by being a board member for the Horticultural Trades Association our trade body. This gives me a great overview of horticulture and an insight into how we can develop Lowaters as a sustainable business for the future. 



Peter LowaterPeter Lowater - Director

I started the business in 1963. Me and another grower were the first to produce strawberries in the autumn! This was the first Nursery to grow a commercial crop of tomatoes hydroponically, which attracted visitors from all over the world. Trial work has continued throughout the business with us holding the largest collection of Hebe varieties in the world. As a Lay Canon Emeritus of Portsmouth Cathedral, I am still trying to work out what the Church of England is all about.




Maria FoxMaria Fox - Company Secretary

Maria joined Lowaters in 1993 and has been involved in the business as propagation supervisor, Nursery manager and today is responsible for HR and keeping the directors inline (no easy task!).  In her spare time enjoys live music and spends many evenings travelling to gigs and is also an accomplished archer. 

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