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Growing peas in the veg garden
Sarah talks through her favourite varieties to grow and eat in the veg garden at Perch Hill.
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.
A show-stopping decorating idea for dressers and mantelpieces
Sarah shows how to create a show-stopping decoration for dressers and mantelpieces
How to make the perfect everlasting winter vase arrangement
Discover how to make the perfect everlasting winter vase arrangement...
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.
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.
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.
What to do with your allium seedheads
In this video Sarah shows you her favourite allium varieties for drying, and talks about how to dry them and then spray them for Christmas decorations.
Why you should deadhead your sweet peas
Sarah shows you how to deadhead your sweet peas, and tells you why it's important to do so, along with her philosophy of 'the generous gardener gets the...
How to tie in your sweet peas
In this quick video, Sarah shows you how to tie in your sweet peas for greater production and straighter, longer stems.
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.
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
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.
Favourite Perennials: Acanthus 'Rue Ledan'
In this quick video, Sarah talks about one of her favourite perennials, Acanthus 'Rue Ledan'.
Why you should grow Verbena rigida
Sarah shares with us the reasons she loves Verbena rigida, and what conditions are best to grow it in.
How to sow, grow and stake cosmos
Sarah shows you the different methods she uses to sow cosmos and stake them also. She mentions her favourite varieties for using in the vase for their...
Growing dahlias in pots
Sarah shows you her favourite dahlia varieties for pots, and gives you some tips on how to grow them successfully.
Cosmos summer flower arrangement
In this video, Sarah shows you how to put together a lovely roadside-inspired Cosmos 'Purity' flower arrangement.
How to make a sweet pea table centrepiece
Sarah shows us how to make a really quick and easy, colourful table centrepiece with sweet peas, something that is perfect for a summer party or wedding.
How to grow and harvest beetroot
In this video, Sarah Raven shows you how to grow and harvest beetroot for maximum productivity and excellent flavour. She discusses her favourite varieties...
The Oast Garden in July
Follow Sarah Raven through the Oast garden at Perch Hill in July – bold and brilliant and alive with colour.
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.
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...
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.
How to take pelargonium cuttings
Sarah Raven shows you how to take pelargonium cuttings, and multiply 1 plant into 20.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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...
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.