Sarah Raven

installation masterclass at Perch Hill with Sarah raven - May 2019

Fiona’s foam free installation at Perch Hill

Fiona’s foam free installation at Perch Hill

Fiona was invited by Sarah Raven to teach mechanics and foam free techniques of large scale floral installations at her stunningly beautiful garden Perch Hill in East Sussex in May 2019.

Foraging and picking for the ingredients took place the evening before and the morning of the demonstration.

waiting to get started

waiting to get started

The initial preparations always look very underwhelming, starting with a chair and a flower bucket!

Fiona talked through the process and how to switch your brain to look at containers and vessels in very different ways.

Fiona talking through the mechanics

Fiona talking through the mechanics

There was a fabulous lunch provided as well as a tour round the stunning gardens of Perch Hill.

Perch Hill gardens
floral ingredients
Foam free floral installation
The end result

The end result

About Sarah Raven

Sarah Raven demonstrating at Perch Hill - image Fiona Pickles

Sarah is an inspirational and passionate teacher, and has been running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm in East Sussex, and around the country, since 1999.

Sarah has written for The Saturday TelegraphCountry LivingGardens IllustratedGardeners’ World MagazineThe English Garden and Sainsbury's Magazine among others. 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.

Another of Sarah's titles is Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst – The Creation of a Garden, bringing Vita's garden writing up to date.

Sarah has presented on BBC Gardeners’ World and, in January 2014, presented an episode in the Great British Garden Revival series. Sarah also had a well-received TV series (BBC2) in Spring 2012 called Bees, Butterflies and Blooms, following Sarah's attempts to flower up the nation to hugely increase insect habitat and food supply. In 2016, Sarah appeared in BBC2’s Big Dreams, Small Spaces where she shared her love and enthusiasm for cut flowers.