Courses & Events

Visit the garden, book a course or
festival – Perch Hill is an inspiration
for all gardeners and cooks.
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  1. A Morning with Mary Berry


  2. An Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah


  3. Brilliant Bulbs at Bix Manor with Sarah


  4. Brilliant Bulbs at Oxleaze Barn with Sarah


  5. Brilliant Bulbs at Perch Hill with Sarah


  6. Creative Containers at Parham House and Gardens with Sarah


  7. Dahlia Day


  8. Dutch Still Life Flowers with Swallows & Damsons


  9. Flower Arranging for Beginners with Sarah


  10. Flower Arranging with Juliet Glaves


  11. Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers Course with Sarah


  12. Head Gardener's Talks and Demonstrations


  13. High Summer Garden Tour

    Starting at £275.00

  14. Pots at Perch Hill with Sarah


  15. Summer Garden Tour


  16. The Colour Garden


  17. The Cutting Garden Course at Parham House and Gardens with Sarah


  18. The Cutting Garden Course with Sarah


  19. The Harvest Garden at Bix Manor with Sarah


  20. The Harvest Garden at Oxleaze Barn with Sarah


  21. The Harvest Garden at Perch Hill with Sarah


  22. The Perennial Cutting Garden


  23. The Tulip


  24. Vita Day


The Creation of Sarah Raven's Garden at Perch Hill

Sarah Raven and Adam Nicolson moved to Perch Hill fifteen 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, Adam has converted the farm to 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, with Middle White pigs 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 large cutting garden where the central four 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. The second growing season is manned by predominantly half-hardy annuals which take us through high summer into autumn, and some of these are replaced as they go over with biennials.

There are also two 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, cannas, jungly corn and banana foliage) and the front farmhouse garden, which is designed to have a calmer feel. There is also now a willow bed which combines with silver birch coppice to give a good supply of wood to use for plant supports all around the garden.

The gardens grow enough produce to supply the kitchens with delicious homegrown fruit and vegetables at Perch Hill on open days, as well as enough flowers for Sarah's courses and to decorate Sarah's house and the demonstration room on course days.

Perch Hill is also the location of the trials for new seed and plant varieties for our catalogues – nothing makes it into our range without being grown here, and we only put in our favourites too!