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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…

  2. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Barns & Yard at Hanley Hall, Worcestershire

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

  3. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Bix Manor Barn, Oxfordshire

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

  4. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Holker Hall, Cumbria

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Netherwood Manor, Herefordshire

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

  6. £195.00

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Perch Hill Farm, East Sussex

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

  7. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons with Sarah Raven at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

    Colour and scent are the hallmarks of Sarah's style - and they are simple luxuries that everyone can bring into their garden. On this day course, she will give you inspiration, planting ideas and expert advice for a beautiful garden all-year round. Sarah will show you her favourites of the…

  8. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Greens: Growing Year Round Edible Flowers, Salads, Herbs and Vegetables with Sarah Raven at Barns & Yard at Hanley Hall, Worcestershire

    The veg areas of Sarah's veg garden at Perch Hill are all 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…

  9. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Greens: Growing Year Round Edible Flowers, Salads, Herbs and Vegetables with Sarah Raven at Holker Hall, Cumbria

    The veg areas of Sarah's veg garden at Perch Hill are all 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…

  10. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Greens: Growing Year Round Edible Flowers, Salads, Herbs and Vegetables with Sarah Raven at Netherwood Manor, Herefordshire

    The veg areas of Sarah's veg garden at Perch Hill are all 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…

  11. £195.00

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    A Year Full of Greens: Growing Year Round Edible Flowers, Salads, Herbs and Vegetables with Sarah Raven at Perch Hill, East Sussex

    The veg areas of Sarah's veg garden at Perch Hill are all 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…

  12. £175.00

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    A Year Full of Greens: Growing Year Round Edible Flowers, Salads, Herbs and Vegetables with Sarah Raven at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

    The veg areas of Sarah's veg garden at Perch Hill are all 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…

  13. £195.00

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    An Afternoon at Perch Hill and Evening at Sissinghurst with Sarah

    The afternoon starts with tea at Perch Hill, followed by a talk by Sarah on 25 years at Perch Hill, creating a garden and restoring a farm, and then private garden wandering for an hour or so. Then we will travel (everyone in their own cars) to Sissinghurst, approx 45 minutes drive away. Not only…

  14. £150.00

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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. Juliet Nicolson grew up here and…

  15. £230.00

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    Constance Spry Day with Shane Connolly at Perch Hill Farm, East Sussex

    This date is chosen to be when we will have the maximum numbers of tulips for harvesting at Perch Hill — and plenty of spring blossom and leaves, so we can provide the stylish, naturalistic florist, Shane Connolly with all the flowers he needs to demonstrate classic Contsance Spry style, picked…

  16. £175.00

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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…

  17. £230.00

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    Florabundance with Simon Lycett at Perch Hill Farm, East Sussex

    This date is chosen to be when we will have the maximum numbers of tulips for harvesting at Perch Hill — and plenty of spring blossom and leaves, so that Simon can go to town with arrangements large and small. Under Simon's guidance, in the afternoon, everyone will wander through the gardens at…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 10th September 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 14th April 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 15th April 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 16th April 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

  22. Starting at £15.00

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 21st July 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 22nd July 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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    Perch Hill (East Sussex) Open Day 23rd July 2021

    All through 2020, we were 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. We are opening the garden again in 2021 in a very careful way that takes into account all the…

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.