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How to make a summer wreath
Perfect for a wedding or summer party, this summer wreath takes about 45 minutes to make and is full of beautiful summer flowers.
Favourite Perennials: Hydrangea 'Madame Emile Mouillere'
Sarah shares with you one of her favourite perennials shrubs, which looks great in the vase and the garden, changing colours with the seasons.
A brief history of daffodils
From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...
Introducing Tulip 'Sarah Raven'
Sarah introduces the tulip that she has championed in the fields of Holland over the last few years, explaining why she loves this particular tulip and...
A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill
Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She explains...
Beer-can chicken recipe
Although bizarre, the technique used here is an excellent way to cook a chicken, with the bird steamed from the inside at the same time as being roasted...
How to grow Delphiniums
We have all got to grow delphiniums – the most statuesque towering spires for any garden. They make brilliant cut flowers too.
The secret of a good pizza is a crisp wafer-thin base and the keys to that are in the dough recipe and in rolling it very thinly. Sarah shares her favourite...
How to grow tulips in container pots
Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.
Top tips for growing tulips
Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use.
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
Lemon chicken and herb salad
Simple yet delicious, this is a wonderfully fresh-tasting salad. Once tried, you can’t help but make it again and again, swapping the herbs, nuts...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli recipes
Try Sarah's delicious Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Almond Salad, or the tasty Broccoli and Cauliflower Falafel Fritters with Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
How to freeze flowers
I like freezing the small edible flowers – anchusas, borage, pansies and violas – in ice or olive oil cubes.
Step-by-Step: How to plant dahlia tubers
Download and print this helpful step-by-step guide to take into the garden with you whilst you plant your dahlia tubers.
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli
Broccoli has long been regarded as a nutritious choice, but it has now joined the super league. Like all green vegetables, it is rich in fibre, full of...
Red Thai curry mussels recipe
Delicious, spicy and fragrant, mussels, like oysters, are generally thought to be best in the colder months of the year (those with an ‘r’...
The very best annual climbers
Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.
Understanding dahlia groups
A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.
History of the dahlia
First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.
Smoked chicken, mango and spring herb salad recipe
The perfect salad to eat as we, and the garden, emerge from hibernation in spring.
Kale seaweed recipe
One of my favourite snacks for a winter party – a big plate of kale seaweed, with everyone dipping in. Because of the amount of oil in the cooking,...
Wild garlic and ricotta al forno
This is rich yet fresh, and lighter than it sounds – wonderful with bread and a crunchy green salad. You can leave out the olives if you prefer....
The chrysanthemum trial bed at Perch Hill in autumn
Sarah talks you through the latest trial varieties of Chrysanthemums at Perch Hill, showing you her favourite flowers and explaining what she loves about...
Favourite indoor plants for winter
Sarah shows you her favourite plants to grow indoors during the winter months, on her favourite metal plant theatre.
Lemon cordial recipe
You can use other citrus fruits for this cordial recipe. In Spain, you'll see a similar recipe made with clementines and it's delicious with limes.
The best winter salad leaf varieties to grow
Sarah shows you which varieties of salad she grows to last through the winter at Perch Hill.
How to take pelargonium cuttings
Sarah Raven shows you how to take pelargonium cuttings, and multiply 1 plant into 20.
Tutti Frutti Kulfi recipe
One of my favourite puddings – a healthy, non dairy ice-cream. You can cut the calories ever further by using light coconut milk.
Crop rotation in your veg patch
A quick introduction to crop rotation, to get the best from your veg plot and avoid the build up of pests and diseases.
How to sow sweet peas in winter
Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.
How to make a scented narcissi table centrepiece
Perfect for Christmas or winter parties and weddings, this centrepiece is one of Sarah's family traditions passed down through the years.
Pork terrine recipe
This is an incredibly easy and versatile dish, delicious served as a starter with some salad leaves and horseradish cream.
Mini blinis with smoked salmon or roe recipe
Using buckwheat flour mixed with plain sharpens the flavour. Serve warm. Perfect posh party nibbles.
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...
Prosciutto and rocket rolls recipe
If you're having drinks before a lunch party, it's a good idea to make some quick and simple canapés to have at the same time. These I love –...
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.
The history of the tulip
Did you know that the Tulip was actually originally a wild flower growing in Central Asia?
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.