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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...
Sarah's Superfoods: Sweet potatoes
As a nation, we’re devoted to potatoes, eaten every which way. But why not use more of the healthy, coral-orange sweet potato?
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...
Choosing the best alstroemerias
Growing alstroemerias from the newly bred hybrid types – developed by people such as the late James Smith, Parigo and Mark Bridgen – will...
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...
Lemon chicken and herb salad recipe
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: Spring salad
Eating a good leaf salad every day isn’t a hardship. A lettuce-based salad contains vitamins A, C and K, along with lots of dietary fibre and minerals,...
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.
How to plant and grow aquilegias
Aquilegias are invaluable for flowering in May and early June when there is suprisingly little colour in the garden.
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad recipes
Try to include a salad in at least one of your daily meals, and it doesn’t just have to be lunch or dinner – you’ll be all the better...
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...
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Blood orange recipes
February to March is the best time for Sicilian blood oranges, with all their health benefits including vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre and calcium.
Sarah's Superfoods: Blood oranges
Small fruit crammed with huge flavour and a soft texture that almost melts in the mouth, blood oranges are always juicy.
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 recipe
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Kale recipes
Try Sarah's delicious kale recipes, including kale crisps, pilaf, curry and salad.
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.
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 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. Served warm, these make 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 –...
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.