March 8th is International Women’s Day and here at Otter we want to celebrate the amazing women who have made our business what it is today.

Strong women have had a big influence on our direction and this goes right back to our foundation in 1964.

Marilyn White worked alongside her husband Malcolm when they began growing lettuce, cabbage and carrots for the local markets before moving into bedding plants, which were sold from their mobile home directly to the public. Marilyn worked passionately to take this small start-up and create a large independent garden centre business that is still family-run today.

Marilyn has always encouraged her daughters, Jacqui & Cathy into the business. Jacqui is now our Managing Director, while Cathy is our all-important IT Director, keeping all the tech running smoothly.

Stepping on yet another generation, Jacqui’s daughter Sabine has put her heart and soul into Otter and is now our Creative Director, with Cathy’s daughter Lara starting off her career in Stock Control.

Sabine now has a daughter herself, potentially the fourth generation of women who make our business so successful and so loved locally.