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Author: Sarah Raven in conversation with Arthur Parkinson

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Welcome to "Grow, cook, eat, arrange" the brand new podcast by gardeners Sarah Raven and Arthur Parkinson, who've worked together for nearly ten years at the beautiful Perch Hill Farm in the South of England. Sarah loves gardening in general but growing produce both food and flowers is the part she loves the most. She also loves to cook straight forward garden-picked food every day with the minimal amount of ingredients and palava but the greatest amount of taste! Arthur is Sarah's florist who picks beautiful arrangements for photoshoots and open days at the farm, from buckets of scented sweet peas to huge armfulls of dahlias and towering gladiolus.We'll be releasing a new episode every Friday, featuring a relaxed informative chat between Sarah & Arthur across a variety of topics. They'll focus on their favourite flowers currently growing in the garden and the tastiest produce on the veg slope at Perch Hill. They'll talk about how to sow or grow them as well as how to harvest or arrange them, adding their favourite tips or methods along the way. As well as chatting about gardening and growing, Sarah will give you some of her favourite recipes full of food you can produce. So whatever gardening you're into, whatever size your garden is, or whatever level of experience you have, there'll be something for everybody. You can find out more about the products used in the episodes and get in touch via our website. Enjoy the show! Website: https://www.sarahraven.com/
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The beauty of floristry is its ever-moving, transient nature, and that makes your philosophy around flower growing and arranging all the more impactful.As Anna Potter knows better than anyone, that philosophy can evolve, expand, and lead you to some fantastical floral discoveries. Returning to the podcast this week, Anna shares some of the projects within her new book that can spark inspiration in your own gardening endeavours.In this episode, discover:The shift in Anna’s philosophy around plants since she last joined us for episode 11How to create a gorgeous wreath which, while fleeting, brings such bold and beautiful joyWhy we should embrace the moving, flowing nature of Peonies rather than attempt to constrain themTapping into the childlike charm of creating a MandalaGet 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
Returning to the podcast this week is the wonderful Jane Scotter from Fern Verrow, as we set our sights on the turn of spring and which edibles you can sow soon to bring incredible taste into your garden.Whether it’s the reliable flavours of Tomatoes like Gardener’s Delight, or rich taste of Cima di Rapa, you’re bound to be inspired with edible plants perfect to start planting right now.In this episode, discover:Jane’s history with Skye Gyngell, and how she’s so innovative with the use of veg in her recipesVarieties of salad leaves and rocket for all temperaturesHow to fill the cut flower gap with lovely Stocks like Apple BlossomCreate Academy is offering Sarah Raven listeners 15% off across all gardening courses, including Jane Scotter's new course 'How To Grow Exceptional Produce'. To redeem visit www.createacademy.com and enter code 'SARAHRAVEN15' at checkout. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.Get 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 first hard frost of the year signals a time to prepare for the winter ahead, and there are a few essential steps you can take to protect your bulbs and encourage tender perennials to become hardy.From spotting which varieties need to be brought inside first, to using bubble wrap, burlap or fleece to wrap larger pots, Sarah brings us a step by step guide to beating the hard frost in this bonus episode of ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’.In this episode, discover:The least frost-hardy flowers which will need to be brought inside firstWhen to mulch for effective insulation against frostHow to protect larger, immovable pots by wrapping them with bubble wrap or fleeceGet 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 a new year comes boundless possibilities for your veg garden, and there are so many vegetables that truly thrive in cold, wet conditions which are often overlooked.We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Sarah’s new book, aptly named ‘A Year Full of Veg’, which makes this an ideal point to look at the inspiration behind the book, and of course share some essential edibles for the year ahead.In this episode, discover:The inspiration for Sarah’s latest book, and how it came togetherSarah's adoration for easy, productive, cut and come again vegCompanion planting flowers which keep the garden healthy and thrivingHow to create a gorgeous, sculptural veg garden without the use of bamboo cane supports Order Sarah’s book - A Year Full of Flowers: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Sarah’s new book - A Year Full of Veg: https://www.sarahraven.com/products/sarah-ravens-a-year-full-of-vegGet 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 size of a garden need not limit its impact, and in this week’s podcast we hear from award-winning garden designer Butter Wakefield as she shares how to bring a spark of inspiration to small spaces.Whether you’re looking to rethink scale, scent, lighting or layout, Butter brings us a dizzying array of tips for bringing a garden to life.In this episode, discover:Marvellous ideas to bring scale, privacy and structure to a gardenHow warm lighting and well-placed mirrors can make even small spaces feel grandioseTips for vertical emphasis, patterns, and borrowing from your surroundings to extend your garden’s impact beyond its wallsFollow Butter: https://www.instagram.com/butterwakefield/Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczGet 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
Not all of us are afforded the space to plant everything our heart desires, so we’ve brought our wonderful Head Horticultural Buyer, Gary Newell, onto the podcast to share the best flowers for compact spaces.There’s a choice in this episode for everything one might need, whether it’s to bathe your space in scent, long-flowering bee magnets, or simply the most extravagant standout Dahlia for its size.In this episode, discover:The guiding principles behind Gary’s scintillating small garden designsHow to build layers with year-round interest from tree cover, sub-shrubs and dazzling potted plantsDahlia Waltzing Mathilda’s bold beauty and why Sarah always pairs it with the regal red Petunia Tidal Wave Red VelourGary’s absolute favourite flower families for gorgeous ground coverFollow Gary: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-jay-newell-14019137/Get 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
2022 is finally drawing to a close, and as many begin their list of new year’s resolutions we’re making our own commitments at Perch Hill, especially around our exciting carbon and biodiversity research.Sarah Raven & Adam Nicolson share the findings, bring us some enlightening tips on how we can all reduce carbon emissions in our own gardens, pick out top garden-worthy plants to provide seeds for birds, and chat about how we’re preparing for the exciting year ahead.In this episode, discover:Sarah’s top plants to provide for pollinators & birds, and bring an uplifting buzz to your gardenThe eclectic agricultural mix that Adam scatters to encourage biodiversity among wildlifeNew thinking around the effects of methane in the atmosphereThe surprisingly drastic impact on reducing carbon that we can create in our own gardensWhy ill-kept bird feeders might actually be surprisingly harmfulOrder Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HGet 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
In each of our gardens resides such potential to create a haven for all-important pollinators, and there’s no stronger advocate than the wonderful Dave Goulson.A returning guest on the podcast, this week we hear from Dave as he and Sarah run through the 12 most magnificent plants for pollinators, whether you’re seeking compact varieties or an extravagant, long-lasting pollen cafe.In this episode, discover:The overlooked virtues of earwigs and how they fight off aphidsDave’s marvellous research work on protecting pollinatorsNew, pollen-providing varieties which are more compact and long-lastingDazzling Dahlias, Ammi and Foxgloves perfect for attracting a bumblebee ballet to your garden Order Sarah’s book: https://bit.ly/2TWHJczOrder Arthur’s book: https://bit.ly/3xOov7HDave Goulson:https://www.instagram.com/dave.goulson/Get 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
Whether your idea of the perfect Rose is a prolific climber like Scent from Heaven, or a compact burst of colour like Josie Lewis’ favourite Hot Chocolate, no garden is complete without a Rose.This week on ‘grow, cook, eat, arrange’ signals the start of a new format highlighting the floral flag bearers of each family, starting with Sarah & Josie’s top Roses, and a number of upcoming standouts from our recent trials.In this episode, discover:Exciting new discoveries from the latest rose trials at Perch HillThe most prolific roses for picking and vase lifeVarieties that bring angelic scent in a walled gardenTips for bare root planting for those giving or receiving roses this ChristmasGet 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
Gardening sustainably with consideration for the world around us needn’t be a chore - there’s so much opportunity to be creative when you ditch floral foam and embrace natural design.Well Shane Connolly is no stranger to naturalising his arrangements, nor is he a stranger to the podcast! Shane returns to share his highlights of 2022, how you can add some sustainable flair to your Christmas table and some lovely ideas for a spectacular wreath.In this episode, discover:Shane’s natural designs and how he composes a compelling sense of placeThe building blocks of sustainable floristry, from focusing on compostable materials to using the world around youHow to create a gorgeous, sustainable wreath for your door and decorations for the tree and table this ChristmasThe need to move past using oasis, and which alternatives we can use insteadGet 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 ‘PODCAST20I’ at checkout before 9th December.There’s an endearingly nostalgic aspect of growing Sweet Peas that makes them a lovely addition to a garden, and rarely are they found to be so intoxicating as they are at Easton Walled Garden in Sweet Pea Season.The myriad of varieties are among the many lovely aspects of the staggering garden, which has been developed over many years through the hard work of Garden Director Ursula Cholmley.We hear from Ursula how they’ve made their mark without enforcing a narrative on the garden, created beds full of showstopping Sweet Peas, and brought towering varieties of Roses to their meadows.In this episode, discover:The story behind Easton Walled Gardens’ lengthy heritage, and the work that it took to create the spectacle that it’s becomeWhich Sweet Pea varieties stand out in their spectacular garden, from the likes of Toffee Apple to Winston ChurchillHow to tell the perfect time to harvest your own Sweet PeasThe marvellous Rose Meadows that come alive in summerGet 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 ‘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
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
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Iris Borgers

brilliant podcast thank you so much 💚🤎

Jan 11th
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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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