Achiltibuie Garden is run by two of its directors: Julie Edwards and Alison Graham. We also have two non-executive directors who provide specialist advice and expertise. Achiltibuie Garden Ltd was incorporated in March 2008 and started trading in September 2008. Julie and Alison are former members of the Achiltibuie Hydroponicum management team and took over its running in April 2007 together with Diana Wilding (see Our Company for more details).
We've made our homes in Coigach and have built up a great working relationship through our previous employment at the old hydroponicum. Best not forget our other common passions - yoga and gardening!
Each of us has our own area of expertise and we work well as a team. Between us, we have at some time worked as tour guides, café assistants, shop assistants, mail order packing, back office, customer care, cleaning and gardening at The Achiltibuie Hydroponicum, in fact we calculate that together we have more than 20 years experience in hydroponics and the tourism industry.
We grow our own produce at home - organically and/or hydroponically - which helps when advising customers on what kit is most suitable for their needs. We even tell customers how they can recycle existing equipment to use for hydroponics.
Who are we?
Alison is responsible for the financial and admin side of the business and is always keen to find an excuse to help with growing plants and produce. Outside of the business she is a keen music-lover and gardener as well as being a wonderful cook; she is also our local librarian and practises Iyengar yoga.
Julie looks after our existing customers and is who you are most likely to speak to if you phone us. Mainly based in the office at the moment, she runs the marketing side of things, mail order processing and packing and basically organises anything else that needs doing. In the past she ran the successful Lilypond Café at The Hydroponicum, and along with Alison has catered for private functions - including two weddings in the community hall, where the best of locally grown and sourced produce was used. Over the years she has gained a reputation for making fantastic cakes and puddings. She and her husband Stuart regularly use their own polytunnel to help produce enough salads to meet local demand.
Our relationship with our customers is really important to us and we are proud that we have retained such a well established customer base. This is mainly due to the excellent service we provide, the quality of goods we supply and our after sales care. We are always happy to talk to customers who may have questions or just want to tell us how well their systems are doing! It's not unknown for us to give advice on places to eat, visit or what traditional music is on in the village! Unlike many online/mail order companies our customers are able to place an order from us safe in the knowledge that we do not pass on their details to a third party.