Lovania Nurseries Ltd is one of the UK`s leading large scale plant growers, wholesalers, and contract growers, producing over 65 million bedding, alpine, flowering and bulb pot plants each year. From a small three acre family business founded four generations ago, we now operate from over 42 acres of glasshouses across 13 sites. Our company has evolved naturally and has adopted the experience of many excellent local plant growers to produce world class results. At Lovania Nurseries Ltd we benefit from an experienced workforce, computer-controlled production and effective monitoring systems to increase the speed and efficiency of production. Many years of experience in large-scale plant distribution have brought us to this point in our development.
We grow hundreds of varieties in our range bedding and flowering pot plants, alpines, hanging baskets, shrubs, potted bulbs and bespoke designer mix planters with customer exclusivity and specialised labelling and presentation, if required.
We are able to fulfill the many diverse requirements of our clients; these include major multiples, supermarkets, garden centres, DIY sheds and major landscaping specifiers.
We are committed to growth, driving efficiencies and providing customer care to a high level. We utilise environmental care throughout our processes, make the most of modern production technology and maximise staff involvement at every opportunity.
Lovania Nurseries Ltd is one of the UK’s leading horticultural pioneers, growers and wholesalers of bedding and ornamental plants. Plant production started in 1919 by my grandfather, James Ball. He produced flowers and bedding plants on a four acre site in Hesketh Bank. In 1933, my father, Len, and his brother, William, expanded the plant and flower growing operation to include an additional ten acre nursery on the current main site in Tarleton. From here the business supplied florists across the North West and developed an outstanding reputation for quality at wholesale flower markets throughout the country.
In 1980, I went into a partnership with my father and further developed the Tarleton site. From the beginning, the business has grown steadily, incorporating other local nurseries. In many cases, we have employed the former owners to work within Lovania and have benefited from their knowledge and expertise.
In addition to the main site, we now grow plants at 12 other nursery sites within a three mile radius, and grow in a total of 42 acres of glasshouses. Plant production currently runs at over 65 million plants a year in potted singles, four packs, six packs, ten packs, and twenty packs.
We are members of the BPOA (British Protected Ornamentals Association) and have achieved BOPP (British Ornamental Plant Producers) Silver and Gold Accreditation. We are members of the HTA (Horticultural Trade Association) and our production conforms to protocols such as the Tesco Nature’s Choice and the Assured Produce accreditation scheme.
Our expertise lies in production and distribution of consistently high quality plants to major supermarkets, high street retail multiples, DIY centres, local authorities, garden centres, and landscapers.
Developed over 30 years, our main site currently consists of 11 separate glasshouse units on a 15 acre site. Our newest glasshouse, blocks 10 and 11, came into production in 2008. It covers a total of 3.5 acres and benefits from all of the very latest advantages of a modern and efficient glasshouse production unit. We have four modern computer-controlled transplanting lines in our dedicated and centralised production unit in Tarleton. At present we have a capability of transplanting 110,000 plants/hour into packs. In addition, we have single pot and planter/hanging basket lines. At full capacity, this site alone will produce over a million plants per day during our busy period.