Peter Loewer is a writer and botanical artist, graduating from the Albright Art School of the University of Buffalo with a degree in graphics and a minor in art history. Upon graduation he was awarded the Max Beckmann Fellowship to the Brooklyn Museum Art School.
In 1973 he wrote the first American book on ornamental grasses, "Growing and Decorating with Ornamental Grasses," (Walker and Company). Then in 1994 he published the first book on nocturnal flowers for bloom and fragrance, called "The Evening Garden," (Macmillan). His book, "The Wild Gardener," (Stackpole), was named one of the best 75 garden books of the 20th Century by the American Horticultural Society. He also wrote and illustrated "Thoreau’s Garden" and "Jefferson’s Garden." All of his publications are illustrated with his own photography or artwork. He is the Contributing Editor for "Carolina Gardener" magazine.
Today, Loewer lectures and teaches Art in Nature, Art History, and The History of Movies at AB-Tech Community College (Asheville, NC), and also conducts exploratory walks at the Road Scholar program at the Montreat Conference Center. In addition he gardens alongside Kenilworth Lake in Asheville.