Saturday, 16 December 2017

BBC gardener to give masterclasses

BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Sarah Raven is to run two masterclasses at Bix Manor in Henley this spring, writes Lesley

BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Sarah Raven is to run two masterclasses at Bix Manor in Henley this spring, writes Lesley Potter.

Raven, who last year ran TV series Bees, Butterflies And Blooms, fell in love with Bix Manor last year when she appeared at the Henley Literary Festival — and has chosen it as a venue to host two of her Away Days.

“Sarah got in touch with us soon after she appeared at the festival,” said Louise Hall, who runs the 17th century manor house with her husband, Gary. “The events are a perfect match for Bix Manor and we are delighted we can host her.”

There will be two day-long sessions. The Cutting Garden on Monday, March 4 is aimed a people who wish to create a cutting patch, or just grow a few flowers to pick for the house, but are not sure where to start.

Raven will explain how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest buckets of flowers from your own garden from March to November. She will talk about spring planting — including dahlias, bulbs, hardy and half-hardy annuals and sweet peas — and will cover the best sowing and growing techniques to achieve easy yet brilliant results.

The second class Year Round Veg is on Tuesday, March 5. This will be based on her growing philosophy — don’t grow everything, but spend your precious time and use your precious space with high-yielding, long-season crops which will give you delicious vegetables without taking over your life. She will recommend time-saving techniques and successional sowing plans to give you year-round vegetables. Both courses run from 10am to 3.30pm and cost £135 a head.

Raven is married to the writer Adam Nicolson and they divide their time between Sissinghurst Castle and Perch Hill Farm in East Sussex.

For tickets call 0845 092 0283 or visit her website www.sarahraven.com

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