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Narcissus Paperwhite table centrepiece
This is the most successful, long-lived Christmas table centre I have ever made: a great tiered fountain of scented Paperwhite narcissi. Kept cool in...
How to create a Christmas wreath vase centrepiece
Sarah shows you how to make a Christmas wreath vase centrepiece, using alstroemeria and freesias.
How to create a large floral winter vase arrangement
Sarah makes a delightful winter arrangement that will last you from Christmas to New Year.
Individual Christmas cakes recipe
Christmas cake never seems to get eaten in our house, so I tend to make several small ones rather than a single big one. These are also great for presents...
Planting numbers for bulbs in borders
If you are struggling to work out how many bulbs you will need for your intended area then you may find the guide below useful to refer to when planning...
How to create a hanging ammi globe
This lovely ammi globe is easy to make than you might think, and looks lovely decorating your home, wedding or party venue.
How to make a hand-tied bunch
It's easy to make a hand tied bunch of flowers, in this step-by-step Sarah shows you how.
Best houseplants for winter
To beat winter blues bring the outside in and enjoy colourful, beautifully scented plants in your home.
Coffee mousse recipe
When the weather is cold, there's nothing better than a really intense coffee mousse - a cappuccino in a pudding.
A stunning autumn table wreath using an oasis ring
Sarah shows you her latest ideas for an autumn table wreath centrepiece.
How to bring in chrysanthemum plants in autumn
Sarah shows you how she brings in her chrysanthemum plants in the autumn, to keep them flowering until Christmas.
How to make a Christmas vase centrepiece
This is a brilliant arrangement for Christmas. It makes a fairly small number of flowers go a long way and look spectacular, but it is very easy.
How to create a Christmas tealight chandelier (two ways)
Decorate our Tealight Chandelier with moss and realistic-looking berries and hang it above your Christmas table this year.
How to make Christmas decorations with our heart shaped bird feeder
Decorate our best-selling bird feeder with an oasis ball packed with holly or mistletoe from your garden or florist and sparkling battery lights.
How to create a Christmas mantelpiece decoration
Dress up your mantelpiece or dresser with everlasting foliage and beautiful decorations. Use this as a great decorating idea for autumn, as well as Christmas
Growing cucumber in the veg garden
Sarah shows you her favourite variety of Cucumber, called 'La Diva', growing in her veg patch at Perch Hill and talks through how to grow it to produce...
How to use bulb planting trays
Sarah shows you how to plant tulip bulbs using a bulb planting tray - a quick and easy way of getting autumn planting bulbs into the ground.
How to plant tulips using a traditional bulb planter
On a particularly blustery autumn day in October, Sarah shows you how to plant tulips with a bulb planter.
Perch Hill Feast 2014
The highlights of the Perch Hill Feast in 2014, from Sarah Raven and the team. A lovely cooking and gardening festival in East Sussex.
Growing a half hardy annual cutting patch
Sarah talks you through her favourite 9 half hardy annual flower varieties for growing in the cutting patch.
Growing a hardy annual cutting patch
Sarah shows you her hardy annual cutting patch blooming in July, talking you through her favourite varieties to plant.
Spiced Aubergine Salad recipe
This salad is lovely served warm as a first course with cucumber raita and flatbread.
Christmas Fruit Cake
Christmas cake is at its best eaten with a slice of crumbly Lancashire or Stilton cheese. Have it, instead of a pudding, to finish one of your Christmas...
The greenhouse in July
Sarah guides us through the greenhouse in July, and shows us her favourite plant varieties to grow in the heat.
Quick and easy chilli jam recipe
Sarah shows you how to make her delicious chilli and tomato jam recipe.
How to plant narcissus bulbs
Learn how to plant narcissus bulbs in your beds, in grass and in pots, or find instructions for forcing indoor narcissi.
How to avoid getting whitefly in the greenhouse
Sarah talks through her multi-pronged attack method of how she has eradicated whitefly from the greenhouse this year, using companion planting and encarsia...
Using bread in a salad may seem odd, and you might think it would be heavy, but this is one of the best summer tomato salads.
Grow your own herbal pelargonium tea
Sarah shows you her favourite varieties of scented leaf pelargonium and how she uses these to make herbal tisanes.
Japanese Griddled Courgettes
This is as simple as it comes, but is so delicious, I could eat it on its own and it's excellent with almost any fish or meat. Use a mix of colours –...
How to make a pretty homegrown bridal posy
Sarah creates a wedding bouquet in the cutting patch at Perch Hill.
Sarah makes her favourite basil ice cream
From plot to plate, Sarah guides you through the steps to making basil ice cream.
Chicken puttanesca with waxy new potatoes recipe
This is a one-pot dish, which needs only a salad to make it a meal.
Amaryllis flowers for Christmas
Create beautiful arrangements from your amaryllis flowers with this easy to follow guide.
British cut flowers
Sarah discusses the British cut flowers industry, an in particular looks at our best roses.
Decorating for Christmas with Paperwhite Narcissi
An incredibly beautiful, long lasting, deliciously scented and spectacular table centre which will be at its best over Christmas and New Year.
How to sow and grow hollyhocks
Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.
The importance of wild flower meadows
Sarah explains how more wild flower meadows grown in our gardens can help our pollinators.
Growing edible flowers
Sarah shows you how what sort of edible flowers she likes to grow and eat at home.
Garlic bread with chilli and coriander recipe
Delicious with almost any soup or with a big vat of Moules marinière.
How to plant out from gutterpipes
Sarah shows you how to plant out salad from gutterpipes, in her salad garden at Perch Hill.
Chicory and blood orange salad recipe
Putting fruit in a salad may seem a bit retro but this salad looks beautiful and is ideal as a light winter first course.
Lemon and courgette drizzle cake recipe
You can make this cake anytime, but all citrus fruit is good in the winter and early spring. The courgette adds a brilliant moistness and cuts through...
Mini pelargonium, blackberry and apple pies recipe
Pelargonium leaves make an excellent addition to a classic apple and blackberry pie. Make one big pie, or miniature versions in ramekins.
Crispy cumin and caraway squid recipe
The fragrant tastes of cumin and caraway are delicious with squid.
How to grow your own wedding: Part 2
In part 2 of our Grow Your Own Wedding Series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for the wedding of her head gardener, Bea.
How to grow your own wedding: Part 1
In this series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for their head gardener, Bea.
How to overwinter your dahlia tubers
Sarah shows you how she overwinters her dahlia tubers at Perch Hill.
Liz's marzipan and dried cherry flapjacks recipe
The tartness of the dried cherries in these flapjacks prevents them from being too sweet, and the marzipan adds a hint of almond.