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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. £125.00

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    An Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah

    Not only is the evening light the best light in which to see a garden or any beautiful place, but the added pleasure is being somewhere that you know is often very busy when it isn't. That combination means that Sissinghurst becomes its best on these evenings. Adam and Juliet Nicolson both grew up…

  2. £185.00

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    Charles Dowding - No Dig Organic Veg Gardening

    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 adn lots more and -…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Part 1

    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 Part 1 at Bix Manor Barn, Oxfordshire

    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 Part 1 at Sleightholmedale Lodge, North Yorkshire

    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 Part 1 at The Court at Old-Lands, Monmouthshire

    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 Part 1 at The Courtyard, Holker Hall, Cumbria

    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 Part 1 at The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury Estate, Dorset

    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…

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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 for longest. Please

  10. £185.00

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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 Sleightholmedale Lodge, North Yorkshire

    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

  12. £150.00

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    Magnificent Pots at The Court at Old-Lands, Monmouthshire

    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

  13. £150.00

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    Magnificent Pots at The Courtyard, Holker Hall, Cumbria

    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

  14. £150.00

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    Magnificent Pots at The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury Estate, Dorset

    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

  15. £50.00

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    Perennial Problems with Head Gardener, Josie Lewis

    This course will cover the basics of starting a new border or renovating an established one including soil analysis, understanding plants and care through the seasons. Weather permitting, we will take a look at the planting in our garden at Perch Hill and there will be a practical demonstration of…

  16. £185.00

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    The Cutting Garden Part 2

    For those who want to expand their repertoire from annuals and perhaps have limited time for sowing, but want reliable perennial plants which look fabulous in the borders which you can pick from too, this is your course. This is also suitable as a 2 step course for people who have done The Cutting…

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    Year Round Veg Course with Sarah

    The veg areas of Perch Hill are about super-production, not just for the summer months, but throughout the winter too. What are the plants you can grow through the cold, grey months of the year and which need more light and heat for late spring and summer harvests? We concentrate on cut-and-come…

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    Christmas Flowers and Wreath Making with Sarah

    Come and have a lovely, luxurious, creative and relaxing time where I'll demonstrate lots of ideas for Christmas decorating in the morning, then, under my guidance, you'll make your own Christmas door wreath in the afternoon. A practical hands-on day. Terms and conditions apply. Please click here…

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!