This blog is inspired by Sarah Raven’s passion for all things related to the garden and seasonal produce. It was created in 2012 by the team at SarahRaven.com, to help inspire our customers to try new things, learn tricks of the trade and encourage them by showing “real” gardens in action.
Sarah Raven is an English gardener, writer and television presenter. She is passionate about wild flowers, homegrown cut flowers and good food from the garden.
“I’ve had a passion for botany ever since I was a child – my father used to take me out in his Morris Minor, heading off most weekends from the beginning of May, with two ham sandwiches and a large bar of fruit and nut, to find flowers. I think, with him, those were the happiest moments of my childhood.”
Sarah is a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, she writes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Gardeners’ World Magazine, and Domino Magazine (US) and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Food Programme. Her gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden and Cookery Book of the Year for Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook. Her latest book looks at the vital role Wildflowers play in the British countryside. She also had a well-received TV series (BBC2) in Spring 2012 called ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ on the crisis of insects and Sarah’s attempts to flower up the nation to hugely increase insect food and habitat supply.
Sarah is an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm in East Sussex, and around the country, since 1999. She is married to the writer Adam Nicolson and has two daughters and three stepsons. They divide their time between Sissinghurst Castle and Perch Hill Farm.
She is currently working on a book ‘Vita’s Sissinghurst – Creating a Garden’, updating Vita Sackville-West’s words about the Sissinghurst garden’s evolution. She is also working on her new healthy eating cookbook.