Country Living (UK)

Learn the secrets of the English country garden with Sarah Raven

Enjoy dinner and afternoon tea with the garden designer, writer and broadcaste­r, as well as private tours of Sissinghur­st, Perch Hill and other renowned gardens in Kent and Sussex


Few things in life can compare with the joy of strolling through an English country garden at the height of summer, when roses, sweet peas and clouds of azaleas are all spectacula­rly on show. This four-day trip, exclusivel­y for readers of Country Living, features private visits to world-class gardens in Kent and Sussex, plus two special events hosted by the inspiratio­nal Sarah Raven.

Anyone with a passion for gardens and gardening will delight in the itinerary. Highlights include the shrubs and perennials of Great Comp Garden, Scotney Castle, magnificen­t Lullingsto­ne Castle, the roses and lavender of Pashley Manor, another classic English garden at Great Dixter, the nursery at Marchants Hardy Plants and the herbaceous borders at Parham House.

What’s more, you will have the chance to join Sarah Raven for talks and a flowerarra­nging masterclas­s during a special event at her garden, Perch Hill, plus an exclusive dinner at Sissinghur­st, one of the most admired flower gardens in the world. VISIT SISSINGHUR­ST You will go on a private afterhours tour and three-course dinner at Sissinghur­st, the famous Kent garden created by the writers Vita Sackville-west and Harold Nicolson in the 1930s.

TALKS AND TIPS The following day sees a trip to glorious Scotney Castle, then on to Sarah’s garden at Perch Hill, for a private afternoon event.

YOUR STYLISH HOTEL You will stay throughout at the four-star George in Rye. This stylishly renovated hotel is ideally located at the heart of the charming town, and has its very own Georgian ballroom.

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Hear Sarah Raven’s knowledgea­ble talks

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