A couple of years earlier, London City Guilds-certified chef Wendy and PhD-qualified botanist Graham decided to fast-forward their retirement dream to live on a lifestyle property. To achieve this, they needed a shared business opportunity - one that would maximise their complementary strengths in culinary and scientific knowledge.
Settling on growing `this little magical crocus, saffron’ was a process of exploration, experimentation, perseverance and love.
“I’d used it before in cooking, I knew some of what it did. I really wanted to focus on what it was, how it worked and how people could get the most out of it.”
Now they needed to find a place where saffron would flourish in harmony with the natural environment. A year-long search led Wendy and Graham to a property at Dumbarton.
“As soon as we saw the paddock out the front of the home, we just fell in love with it. We both saw a vision of purple across the land.”