Meet The Team
At Hortus Loci we are proud to employ the industry’s most enthusiastic and dedicated individuals.
We are all passionate about what we do and every one of us is responsible for the continued success of Hortus Loci.
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Mark Straver, Managing Director
Mark comes from a long line of nurserymen and has set up successful horticultural businesses from scratch: The first when he was only 19 years old was a retail plant centre which traded profitably for 5 years until the site was sold; the second, a plant centre and landscaping business founded jointly with a business partner is still trading today, although Mark sold his share after 10 years.
Mark is one of a small number of plantsmen in the world with the knowledge and contacts to source wholesale plants. As a result, he is extremely well connected to high end garden designers, growers and other horticultural suppliers, as well as PR professionals, journalists and the luminaries of the gardening world.
Mark’s role as Managing Director, is to lead the business, focussing particularly on customer and supplier relationships.
Robin Wallis, Sales Director
Robin also comes from a long line of nurserymen, and has spent his entire working life in nursery and garden centre management, starting as a trainee in the early 80’s and working his way up to Garden Centre Manager by the late 80’s. In 1990, he was a founding partner and director of a successful landscaping business which is still trading today, however Robin moved on after 5 years.
Like Mark, Robin has supplied high quality plants to top garden designers as well as more mainstream landscapers and garden centres. He too has superb knowledge of plant sourcing, propagation and growing, and is also an expert in the systems and processes to manage garden centres and plant catalogues.