Courses & Events

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, 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

    Start the day at Great Dixter and enjoy a tour around the garden with one of their gardeners. There is then time to wander through the gardens at leisure and to visit the nursery to stock up on plants. Arrive at Perch Hill in time for lunch (45min drive - own transport necessary), after which I…

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    Edimentals - Edible Ornamentals with Chris Smith

    Chris Smith is hugely knowledgable and inspiring on growing delicious edible plants in your own back yard and on this day teaching at Perch Hill, he will concentrate on which are the best beautiful edibles to make your garden and pots look good, as well as produce delicious, unusual and interesting…

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    Flower Installations with Fiona Pickles/Firenza Flowers

    In this full day of flower arranging demonstrations, Fiona will show us only large scale arrangements for parties, weddings and events — what mechanics and techniques work best (avoiding oasis) and which are the unmissable flowers and foliage. Through the day, Fiona will create some large 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 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, Welsh Borders

    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 advice on…

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    Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Part 2

    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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    Isabella Tree and Dave Goulson - How to Make Beautiful Places - Biodiversity is Key

    As part of our series on Making Beautiful Places, we will look at nature in this pair of talks, a little bit of what we've lost but more the inspiring news from both Isabella Tree and Dave Goulson about what we can all do to reverse these trends. Issy will talk about the extraordinary Rewilding…

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    Jasper Conran - How to Make Beautiful Places - Interiors and Gardens

    A morning of chat with Jasper and Sarah, discussing his life of design, not so much in fashion but in making beautiful places. We'll move on to Jasper's favourite flowers and colours — which and why, and end with an audience Q and A. Drinks and canapes will be served with garden wandering…

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    Magnificent Pots at The Court at Old-Lands, Welsh Borders

    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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    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

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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

  17. £150.00

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    Samin Nosrat

    Samin Nosrat's bestselling book 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' took the food and cookery world by storm in 2017 and she is now the star of a new Netflix series of the same name. Samin's ability to distil decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, combined with her warmth, her…

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    Spring Flower Arranging - Inspiration from the Garden

    I love spring flowers and leaves and none more so than those picked from the garden - wonderful soft, curvy tulips, green and crimson hellebores, trailing vines of clematis, billowing boughs of blossom, sharp, fresh green euphorbias and guelder, as well as buckets of wild flowers - bluebells from…

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    Staking and Supports with Head Gardener, Josie Lewis

    If you can get your hands on some hazel or silver birch pea sticks, or some coppiced willow, you can create some beautiful and architectural frames. Woven into temporary garden baskets – tall and short – these all do the supporting jobs well and look wonderful. All the early flowerers such as…

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    Tom Stuart Smith - How to Make Beautiful Places - Garden Projects and Designs, Naturalism and Modernity

    A morning of chat and slides with Tom Stuart Smith, multiple gold medal winner at Chelsea and one of the UK's supremo garden designers over the last two decades with projects throughout the world. Tom will talk about planting design and how his approach depends on the place - and the people - he is…

  21. £175.00

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    Tulip Day

    In all its shapes, colours and sizes, there's no better spring flower than the TULIP and we will have planted over 15,000 for you to see at Perch Hill. At 6pm, we'll meet at Sissinghurst for a couple of short talks given by Sarah and Adam Nicolson before you go wandering in the garden when it's…

  22. £195.00

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    Vita Day

    The theme of the day will be Vita Sackville West - her life, houses and gardens with private tours and talks by her granddaughter Juliet Nicolson (at Knole), and Sarah (at Sissinghurst). Vita lecture, Knole tour, simple sandwich lunch at Knole, Sissinghurst talks and 3 course dinner (with wine) at…

  23. £185.00

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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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    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…

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!