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Courses & Events

Be inspired by our events at Perch Hill. Visit the garden, book a course or festival.
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  1. £195.00

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    A Garden Day with Alan Titchmarsh and Sarah Raven - Why I Garden

    Alan will spend an hour talking about his life - gardening, writing, television and chat - followed by questions with me. He'll then do a book signing. Everyone is free to wander in the garden and after lunch, I will show you my recommendations for the best bulbs to flower in autumn, plus what are…

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    Charles Dowding - No Dig Organic Veg Gardening, plus Composting Workshop

    Charles has been growing organic salad and veg for 30 years, supplying his part of the west country with delicious bags of salad and boxes of veg twelve months round. On this day course he'll show us all the benefits of no-dig - higher production, less labour, fantastic flavour and lots more and -…

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    Dahlia Day

    Every year we grow more dahlias at Perch Hill and must now be in the running for having one of the biggest (and of course nicest) collections in the UK. Come and join us for talks and demonstrations and growing tips at Perch Hill featuring THE DAHLIA, plus garden wandering through our three dahlia…

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    FALASTIN - Feasting Food from Palestine with Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

    FALASTIN - which Tara and Sami will be cooking from is an evocative collection of over 110 unforgettable recipes and stories from Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Jenin, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and the West Bank. As each region has its own distinct identity and tale to tell, there are…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers from Permanent Planting

    I will show you the best perennials, (including tender perennials such as dahlias, alstroemerias and echinaceas), roses and shrubs, spring to winter, and Josie (our head gardener) will teach you the skills you need to care for and propagate them. We will use the new perennial cutting garden at…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, 25 Years On

    I'll give you hard facts on how to succeed with growing the very best and most productive plants for at least nine months of the year, combined with the best cut-and-come-again variety inspiration. In the morning, we're in the classroom, covering all the theory. In the afternoon, you will spend…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, 25 Years On at Barns & Yard at Hanley Hall, Worcestershire

    I love being able to pick armfuls of flowers for a good nine months of the year and in this day course I will teach you how, giving you hard facts on how to succeed with growing the very best and most productive plants. Through the day I will also give you practical advice on seed sowing and…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, 25 Years On at Bix Manor Barn, Oxfordshire

    I love being able to pick armfuls of flowers for a good nine months of the year and in this day course I will teach you how, giving you hard facts on how to succeed with growing the very best and most productive plants. Through the day I will also give you practical advice on seed sowing and…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, 25 Years On at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

    I'll give you hard facts on how to succeed with growing the very best and most productive plants for at least nine months of the year, combined with the best cut-and-come-again variety inspiration. In the morning, we'll cover all the theory. In the afternoon, I will give you practical advice on…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, 25 Years On at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

    I love being able to pick armfuls of flowers for a good nine months of the year and in this day course I will teach you how, giving you hard facts on how to succeed with growing the very best and most productive plants. Through the day I will also give you practical advice on seed sowing and…

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    Magnificent Pots at Barns & Yard at Hanley Hall, Worcestershire

    All we have learnt over the years to make our pots at Perch Hill - little and large - take centre stage in the garden. This course covers design and plant inspiration, as well as functional details of how to keep your pots looking good through the season. Terms and conditions apply. Please cl

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    Magnificent Pots at Bix Manor Barn, Oxfordshire

    All we have learnt over the years to make our pots at Perch Hill - little and large - take centre stage in the garden. This course covers design and plant inspiration, as well as functional details of how to keep your pots looking good through the season. Please

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    Magnificent Pots at Perch Hill with Sarah

    All we have learnt over the years to make our pots at Perch Hill - little and large - take centre stage in the garden. This course covers design and plant inspiration, as well as functional details of how to keep your pots looking good for longest. This course is taught by Sarah, with Josie Lewis,…

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    Magnificent Pots at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

    All we have learnt over the years to make our pots at Perch Hill - little and large - take centre stage in the garden. This course covers design and plant inspiration, as well as functional details of how to keep your pots looking good for longest. Please

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    Nick Bailey, 365 Days of Colour

    Based on his book, with wonderful slides/photographs by Jonathan Buckley, Nick Bailey, of BBC Gardener's World, will help us discover the secrets of attaining year-round garden colour on any size of plot. Packed with growing techniques, unusual plants and stunning combinations the course gives a…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 10th September 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 12th September 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 15th August 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 19th August 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 1st August 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 21st August 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 22nd July 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 24th July 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 26th September 2020

    During the long shut-down, we have been gardening away at Perch Hill, trialling new plants and new combinations, putting in new paths and in general taking the opportunity to keep the garden in the best of heart. Now that we are allowed to, we are ready to open again but in a very careful way that…

The Creation of Sarah Raven's Garden at Perch Hill

Sarah Raven and Adam Nicolson moved to Perch Hill 24 years ago from London. They found a rather ramshackle ex-dairy farm with a lot of concrete, corrugated iron and not much else. Since then, they have converted the farm into an organic 90 acres, putting in many new hedges on old lines, trying to encourage wild flowers into the meadows and introducing a herd of Sussex cattle and a flock of Romney cross sheep.

The constant supply of favourite flowers, (cut hard for Sarah Raven's flower arranging courses) comes from the 2 large cutting gardens. The original is used mainly to trial perennials for picking, and the second is the annual cutting garden where the beds are filled with hardy and half-hardy annuals and biennials, with two or even three different crops in the same square foot of soil in one calendar year. 

Dahlias and chrysanthemums have their own trial garden. Every year new varieites of dahlias go in there, gathered from Sarah's trips to Holland the previous autumn. Another garden is for testing new annuals from seed, seeing how many buckets they produce through the whole season per square metre and whether they are easy to grow. Sloped gardens round the school grow edible crops in an ornamental way and serve as trial grounds, as well as growing produce (particularly salads and herbs) to supply the school kitchen with home-grown fruit and vegetables.

There are also four purely ornamental gardens at Perch Hill, not dedicated to harvesting – the Oast garden with an extravagant mix of colour and structure (salvias, cardoons, artichokes, brilliantly coloured dahlias, zinnias, gladioli) and the front farmhouse garden, which is designed to have a calmer feel, with perennials and roses in soft pinks and blues.

Two additional gardens include the rose and herb garden. The herbs are the best culinary varieties (advised by Jekka McVicar), and are picked for the school kitchen nearby. In the winter of 2016, the Dutch Yard was created. The well was reopened and the whole area bricked and filled with pots and classic Dutch yard plants such as hydrangeas and a mulberry tree.

There are two wildflower meadows, one of which contains a willow bed which combines a silver birch coppice to give a good wood supply to be used for plant supports around the garden.