Cutting Garden Journal – Review and Giveaway


Sarah Raven is a household name for those who love all things green and growing – especially flowers. From books and television, to teaching, and to branded gardening products and seeds, she’s been an inspiration for budding and seasoned gardeners alike. Which is why I was delighted to be able to review her latest book, Cutting Garden Journal, A Year of Beautiful Cut Flowers. And you should be delighted too, since you have the chance of winning a free copy if you leave a comment below.

Sarah Raven's  The Cutting Garden Journal, A Year of Beautiful Cut Flowers

The book is a journal format of Sarah Raven’s first book, the Cutting Garden, and is arranged in a practical format that you can follow throughout the year. For each month it lists flowers and shrubs that Sarah thinks are best for that time of year as well as jobs to do, information on the plants she recommends, and a project. Projects include things like a winter wreath for December and a spring globe hanging basket in May.

Sarah Raven's  The Cutting Garden Journal, A Year of Beautiful Cut Flowers

Flower arranging is at the heart of the book though and plenty of advice on how to grow flowers for cutting, as well as how to combine them into gorgeous bouquets can be found peppered throughout the book. Sarah also includes information on how to preserve flowers, whether it’s prolonging their shelf-life in vases or drying them to use in crafts and dried arrangements.

Sarah Raven's  The Cutting Garden Journal, A Year of Beautiful Cut Flowers
Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal
A Year Of Beautiful Cut Flowers
by Sarah Raven

I’m giving away one copy of this book* on Tuesday, September 2nd. To enter, please leave a comment below or share the post promoting this book on my Facebook, Google+, or Twitter pages. To be eligible for a second entry for the giveaway, please share this post and let me know you’ve done so with a message.

*Giveaway open to residents of the UK, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands. Winner to be selected using a random number generator.
Book to be available to the general public from September 2014
Hardback | £14.99
Published by Frances Lincoln
Learn how to create a plentiful and productive cutting garden by following Sarah Raven’s expert advice every month of the year.
Plan now to harvest armfuls of cut flowers all year round using Sarah Raven’s tips, techniques, and projects. This journal’s month-by-month format includes jobs for the month, flowers of the month, and a cut flower project for the month as well a general feature on making, stocking, and caring for your cut garden.
From January to December, Sarah shows the best plants you could be growing, how you care for them, and how you could use them in your cut flower displays

* Find success with more than 50 carefully chosen cut flowers from a vast array of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, roses and trees
* Follow expert advice to sow, grow, cut and keep all of Sarah’s favourite varieties
* Use one of the three bespoke planting plans for a large cutting garden, a smaller cutting patch, and within a mixed border
* Establish key dates for sowing, staking, harvesting and propagating using helpful monthly checklists
* Learn techniques for conditioning, displaying, preserving as well as prolonging the vase-life of your arrangements
* Keep your plants and your cutting garden in good shape from January to December

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Passionate about DIY projects, edible gardening and natural beauty products, Tanya makes everything from handmade soap to home and garden projects. She shares about how you can do it too on her blog, Lovely Greens.

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16 Discussion to this post

  1. Abby Frances says:

    What a neat book! I am always open to new garden project ideas! I;d love to grow flowers to display around the house. I would also consider giving arrangements as little pick me ups for friends that need it. My Gramma could sure use it right now.

  2. Mary Wardlow says:

    I would love to have a book that could help me grow tons of flowers for cutting :) OH YEAH.

  3. Mary Reitz says:

    What an awesome book! I love having fresh flowers in the house and to share with friends. This book would certainly help.

  4. Anni says:

    What a lovely little journal! I would love to learn more about growing and arranging flowers. I love my little vegetable and herb garden, and it would be fun to expand into more flowers.

  5. A beautiful book to enable a beautiful garden :)

  6. Lovely journal, would look good in my hovel!
    I love Sarah Raven, her Perch Hill farm (which I WILL visit one day!), Sissinghurst and her wonderful seed/plant/gardening catalogues. Such inspiration too. This year, I managed to get some seeds and one lot of seedlings from her website and some to grow next year. Now that I have the hens, I'll have to have a raised bed to hopefully create a cutting garden in miniature.
    Hope I can give the journal a good home! xxx

  7. Rae Ellis says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the cutting journal. It is beautiful!!

  8. Very nice diary! I've alteady took some tips on lavenders and I would love some more!. Alicia

  9. Knikitta says:

    <3 Good Luck Everyone <3

    (Shared FB, Twitter, Pinterest)

  10. Robin Ohhh! says:

    Hi Tanya! Love your blog! I was just telling my daughter about your page the last time we had lunch.

  11. Gill says:

    I would love to win a copy of Sarah Raven's book!!!

  12. Nice Review! Anyone share me site related to home and garden store in online?

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