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For 20% off your order at https://www.sarahraven.com/, use the code ‘PODCAST20H’ at checkout before 2nd December.There are certainly many who wish they could have a bustling garden, but lack the time for constant upkeep and maintenance. That’s where self-seeding perennials shine…Achieving a beautiful, long-lasting border doesn’t have to take a world of effort with varieties like the gorgeous Japanese Anemones or stalwart Salvia Amethyst Lips. Hear how Arthur is looking to adorn his brother’s garden with low maintenance, glamourous and easy perennials in this week’s episode of ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’.In this episode, discover:Perfect plants for those looking to fill their garden with lower maintenance varietiesGorgeous grasses that make wonderful cuttings for the Christmas table, or retain their gentle prowess in a breezeOur favourite self-seeding Roses for long-performing beauty and resilience to mildew and black spotWhy Japanese Anemones thrive on neglect, making them an ultimate and unique addition to shady areas of your gardenOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
With plenty of rain forecast and the threat of storms being a blight for gardening, there are a few things you can do to firm up against the threat of extreme rain and winds.In this bonus episode of the podcast, Sarah shares a few garden-saving tips, from choosing the right flowers that thrive in moisture for the right place in your garden, using bales and hedges to break up harsh winds, and more.In this episode, discover:The brilliance of a well planted hedge or straw bale to break up extreme windsWhich delicate plants are vital to keep insideChoosing the right plant for the right place in the gardenGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For 20% off your order at https://www.sarahraven.com/, use the code ‘PODCAST20G’ at checkout before 25th November.While the smaller, delicate beds can often top off a lovely garden, it’s shrubs, trees and climbers which can often add the most architectural structure and a real sense of scale.Some are great for reaching staggering heights, others for their role as a prolific perfume factory - join Sarah and Arthur as they share their pick of shrubs, trees and the climbers that can often intersperse them for a rich dash of colour.In this episode, discover:Which Crab Apple trees are fantastic for attracting the intoxicating buzz of wildlife Lovely varieties of Honeysuckle, and other scented shrubs for structure and architecture Staggering, cascading climbers for unparalleled height, like the stalwart Cobaea ScandensOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For those trying to encourage kids to appreciate and embrace nature, grow their own fruits and vegetables, and learn to use them in simple recipes, Julia Parker is nothing short of an absolute authority.The co-author of The Little Grower’s Handbook joins Sarah on ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ to share her exciting journey, the inspirations behind many of the book’s staggering recipes, and easy tips for growing and cooking your own veg.In this episode, discover:Julia’s illustrious journey and passion for growing fruit & vegHighlights from Julia’s latest book, from the inspirational use of gutter pipes to her marvellous Eton Mess Ice Cream cakeSarah & Julia’s favourite peas and potatoes, with top tips for growing spuds in containersA huge variety of delicious recipes to try at home, some that can be done in just 5 minutesOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For 20% off any Christmas order, be sure to use the special offer code ‘XMAS22MINI’ before the 30th November at https://www.sarahraven.com/.The best part of Christmas might be the presents, but in close second is the mouth-watering prospect of an extravagant Christmas dinner.Rounding off the Christmas Mini Series of ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ with a smorgasbord of festive recipes, Sarah’s joined for a hilarious food chat with two reputationally un-foodie people - husband Adam Nicolson and Arthur Parkinson.In this episode, discover:Arthur, Sarah and Adam’s elaborate and utterly delicious dream Christmas mealsCream Falls: Adam’s cholesterol-laden, indulgent recipe for a huge mince pie with double creamThe secret to a scrumptious Boeuf BourguignonA whole range of recipes to try at home, from simple, delicious Blinis to Sarah’s extravagant coffee, meringue and pomegranate cakeGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For 20% off any Christmas order, be sure to use the special offer code ‘XMAS22MINI’ before the 30th November at https://www.sarahraven.com/.Christmas tree decoration is an annual event in which your efforts can elevate the charm of your lounge, and what better way to decorate than with nature’s finest floral offerings.Whether you prefer staggering Alliums or the standout beauty of Strawflower, learn how you can create unique decorations and make them last this Christmas.In this episode, discover:Which mixes of flowers exude class and spectacle when adorning your Christmas treeWonderful uses for mirrors, lights and branches to create dazzling decorations in any size of roomUnique ways to use height in decorations and still keep your floor space uninterruptedHow to make your natural decorations last twice as longGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For 20% off any Christmas order, be sure to use the special offer code ‘XMAS22MINI’ before the 30th November at https://www.sarahraven.com/.At Christmas, every single surface presents an opportunity for creativity and decoration, and the Christmas table is no exception.From the subtle, sophisticated beauty of dried Honesty to more inventive combinations of flowers and fairy lights for more flair, Sarah & Arthur run through some of their most exciting table decorations.In this episode, discover:Arthur’s use of dried Honesty pods to create regal vase decorations Sarah’s idea to create a natural candle base with lovely pomegranatesCreative ideas to combine stunning Alliums with spectacular copper wire fairy lightsGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
For 20% off any Christmas order, be sure to use the special offer code ‘XMAS22MINI’ before the 30th November at https://www.sarahraven.com/.Welcome to the ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ Christmas Mini Series, a series of episodes to inspire your festive season with ideas to bring the outdoor garden glamour into your celebrations.Sarah & Arthur kick off with an episode around something which completes every home, a wreath for the door. It’s a chance for creativity and expression, even when thinking sustainably and foraging for many of your decorations.In this episode, discover:Ways to see decay as beauty and bring a brown colour palette to lifeWhich evergreen plants can accentuate a wreath with scent and spectacleSarah & Arthur’s top five go-to flowers for wreaths this Christmas seasonGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Since we’ve had such a hot, drought-ridden summer, the value of a pond is greater now than ever - perhaps even more valuable for plants and wildlife than a wildflower meadow.Between the lovely beaches from which insects and mammals can safely drink, the rich colour of moisture-loving plants, and the universal charm of Water Lilies, there are so many reasons to create a lovely water feature in your garden.In this episode, discover:How valuable a pond can be to insects and mammals alikeTips for nurturing happy water lilies and how to keep algae at bayGorgeous Water Lilies like Perry’s Magnificent Pink, and water-loving plants for pond edges like Iris Black GamecockSarah & Arthur’s love of Chatsworth’s delightful self-seeded Water Forget-Me-Nots and Candelabra PrimulasOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Christmas is nearly upon us, and within our winter catalogue lies a myriad of heart-warming gifts and superlative decorations, whether given to loved ones or a present to yourself.Sitting down with the Christmas Catalogue for 2022, Sarah & Arthur pick out their favourite decorations, the most exquisite lights, and a few stellar potted plants to fully embrace the Christmas spirit this year.In this episode, discover:Our illuminating offerings of light-laced garlandsDecorative ornaments inspired by Sarah’s love of Scandinavian stylePerfect potted plants to gift loved ones for Christmas growing in their homesExquisite baubles with which your tree can spring into lifeOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
There’s almost nothing better to battle the bleakness of winter than forcing bulbs indoors - it brings us such vigour and colour, and it’s far simpler than one might expect. Whether you’re looking to force bulbs in the home or the greenhouse, West Dean’s Head Gardener, Tom Brown, is a font of knowledge on the subject. It’s a delight to hear from him again on the podcast, this time around his exciting trials with Hyacinths & Amaryllis, and some of the more exotic bulbs like the colourful, cascading Lachenalias.In this episode, discover:Advice on forcing bulbs, which varieties need a cold spell, and the need to be unnervingly sparing when wateringFantastic early Hyacinth bulbs to bring a sophisticated sense of nostalgia into the homeBumper-sized bulbs of Amaryllis which continue giving year-on-yearTom’s favourite varieties, from the rich beetroot of Hyacinth Woodstock, to the showy, bombastic Lachenalia AloidesOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HTom Brown:https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/tutors/tom-brownhttps://www.instagram.com/tombrowngardener/?hl=enhttps://twitter.com/headgardenertom?lang=enView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
While the concept of a bulb lasagne is straightforward enough - simply planting layers of bulbs in a single pot - a thoughtful composition of colours in such proximity can be truly rousing.Now is the ideal time to get planting, and if you’re looking for inspiration then this week on ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ Sarah & Arthur share the standout bulbs they’ll be planting in their recipes, what makes double peonies perfect for a lasagne, and tips to create your own gorgeous combinations.In this episode, discover:How to structure the layers of a bulb lasagne for cascading, bombastic beautyWhat makes double peonies not so great for pollinators, but utterly brilliant for bulb lasagnesSarah & Arthur’s pick of the Tulips, Narcissi and Crocus to bring scent, structure and glamourTips on how you can design your own bulb lasagne recipes and make sure the colour combine to make an elegant ensembleOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
You’d be hard pressed to find a name more iconic in the gardening world than the incredible Alan Titchmarsh, so it’s an honour and a privilege to host him on this week’s delightful episode of ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’.We’re focusing this episode around Alan’s love of Tulips and their sculptural purity, divulging varieties from the naturalised to the bombastic, and touch on some other absolute must-have bulbs.In this episode, discover:Alan Titchmarsh’s pick of the Tulips, with varieties from the subtle to the spectacularHow growing Tulips in pots can bring the majesty of a growing bulb into the homeMarvellous naturalising Tulips, like Spring Green and Queen of NightStories of Alan’s amazement with the incredibly geometric Snake’s Head Fritillary and wild Snowball Follow Alan: https://www.instagram.com/alantitchmarshmbe/Order Alan’s new book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gardeners-Almanac-Treasury-Inspiration-through/dp/1529389410Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
When the petals are urging to fall off the flowers that have brought your garden colour for so long, they’re perfectly poised to bring a new lease of life to fabrics as dye.Finding this new use for plants has given the act of gardening a renewed lease of life for Tania Compton - the renowned garden designer joins Sarah on ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ to share the joys of dyeing fabric with plants, and how you can start your plant dye journey.In this episode, discover:Which scintillating combinations of plant and fabric combine to create stunning dyed creationsThe massive effect of heat on how a dye will turn outWhere & how you can learn to create your own gorgeous dyes through courses and booksFollow Tania:https://www.instagram.com/taniacompton/https://www.taniacompton.co.uk/Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
There’s a long road before we bring our favourite Dahlias to the catalogue, and having just returned from the Netherlands it’s a lovely time to delve into how we pick the finest Dahlias we trial.Sarah’s joined once again by her husband, writer Adam Nicolson, to share the journey, characteristics we’re breeding for, and some stunning new varieties that we’re preparing for the Spring 2024 catalogue.In this episode, discover:The long, arduous journey each Dahlia variety takes before it becomes a part of our catalogueAdam’s delight at the process and the tender care on display from the breedersNew, stunning varieties that we’ve been trialling ready for release in a few years’ timeOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
The sheer beauty of Heckfield Place’s gorgeous luxury accommodation is matched by their dedication to the inspiring biodynamic farm, managed wonderfully by Head Market Gardener David Rowley.As we look ahead to the winter months, David shares the tastiest vegetables they’ll be sowing in the next month, which ornamentals’ growth is spurred on by autumn sowing, and the marvellous biodynamic ethos that delivers rousing flavour from their edibles.In this episode, discover:David’s discovery of biodynamics, and how it’s used at Heckfield PlaceThe delicious veg being sown right now, planning for the coming months of low lightTop edibles and ornamentals to sow in the next month, from quick and easy Rockets to pollinator-friendly FennelHow autumn sowing beautiful ornamentals like Ammi Majus can bring staggering growthHeckfield Placehttps://www.heckfieldplace.com/David Rowleyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/david-rowley-117315119/Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Every year at Perch Hill we trial some of the most promising flower families in search of the most spectacular, scented, showstopping varieties, and in this week’s ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ we’re bringing you a sneak peek.Hear from Sarah & Arthur about some of the best performers and most dazzling prospects, from the prolific Rudbeckias in the Enchanted series to the gorgeously aromatic Sweet Pea Amelia Fox.In this episode, discover:Which of the flowers being trialled now are captivating Sarah & Arthur mostThe new modular rubber seed tray which is ideal for handling young plantsRecent trial standouts, like the staggeringly productive Rudbeckia Enchanted Night to the colour-rich, sweet-scented Sweet Pea WindsorSarah & Arthur’s pick of the mints, and top tips on repotting them for maximum flavourOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Tomatoes have proven to be one of the most versatile edibles you can grow, and very few people have such unbridled passion for them as Claire Thomson and Sarah Raven.Claire’s latest book - aptly named ‘Tomato’ - contains a staggering number of recipes, and the best-selling author joins Sarah to discuss her favourite, delicious tomato-based dishes, innovative ways in which to cook them, and standout varieties.In this episode, discover:Claire’s journey of culinary discovery, learning the versatility of tomatoesFantastic uses for tomatoes in butter chicken, burnt tomato salsa, and so many moreTop tomato varieties, whether tinned or fresh, and how the tomato’s shape & size can influence your cuisineIncredible, flavour-rich recipes like Claire’s mouth-watering roasted tomato falafelFollow Claire:http://5oclockapron.com/https://www.instagram.com/5oclockapron/Order Tomato by Claire Thomson:https://www.amazon.com/dp/1787137856?tag=&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Wildflowers can be made to absolutely flourish with low maintenance for an overwhelming wow-factor, and a meadow can become a wonderful source of nectar for our pollinators.The early Autumn months open the perfect window to sow a wildflower meadow, which can have a spot in your garden teeming with wildlife. This week on ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ discover the perfect floral combinations to breathe life into a wildflower meadow.In this episode, discover:Fantastic perennial additions to a wildflower meadow, from dense, colourful Yarrow to the aromatic, long-flowering MarjoramThe vital role of Yellow Rattle in promoting prolific wildflower growthKey differences between annual and perennial meadows, and which is ideal for youOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
Alliums possess a bombastic silhouette that’s nothing short of iconic, and make a perfect addition to borders. While we’ve covered Alliums before on the podcast, there are a number of brand new varieties to rekindle your passion for them.In this week’s ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’, Sarah & Arthur shine a spotlight on the recent newcomers to the family, from the shuttlecock-like ‘Magic’ to the towering, 7ft figure of ‘Summer Drummer’.In this episode, discover:The most exciting new Alliums, reminiscent of old favourites with uniquely dazzling qualitiesClassic varieties like Purple Sensation & Schubertii, which remain among Sarah & Arthur’s top picksA tip that Sarah picked up from Clarissa Dickson Wright on chopping onionsGrowing leek as a handsome flower, rather than purely as an edible plantPlanning ahead to Christmas, and preparing to adorn your tree with AlliumsOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HView all products mentioned and find further advice from Sarah: https://bit.ly/3f2DFiHGet in touch: info@sarahraven.comShop on the Sarah Raven Website: http://bit.ly/3jvbaeu Follow Sarah: https://bit.ly/3jDTvBpFollow Arthur: https://bit.ly/3jxSKK5
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Iris Borgers

My morning travel to work podcasts and most I put on repeat. So glad Sarah mentioned the ugliness of a polly tunnel as after years looking at an ugly plastic mass full of holes by squirrels foxes and birds. I've taken the plastic of , painted the metal hoops and now use them for hops and climber fruits at the bottom nasturtiums, and I imagine I'm in Giverny 😊 Love Sarah and Arthur. more podcasts please 💜💚

Jan 23rd
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Iris Borgers

Love this podcast about life and the inside of garden garden design very inspiring and great to hear the insides

Dec 8th
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Rosy Murray

Lots of aphids on my lupins in Edinburgh, decimated by aphids despite the snow. Might try hanging bird feeds next year.

Jun 27th
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Angela Pryke

Love the New Podcast, I've been lucky enough to sit on the rosemary bench last August, it's stunning. See you again in May.

Feb 16th
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