2016 marks the year of the English Garden to celebrate the 300th birthday of Capability Brown, England’s most famous landscaper. Gilbert White & The Oates Collections will be opening their gardens to the public free of charge on the evening of the 9th June to mark this special year.
Capability Brown’s style of natural landscapes, rolling hills, and impressive classical monuments has become a staple of our stately homes and palaces. But there was another gardener in the Eighteenth Century who also had a passion for gardening, albeit on a much less grand scale.
Gilbert White was a working man, whose passion for garden is evident in his garden today, a beautiful landscape garden with all the careful planning and execution of a Brown Garden without the price tag. As a result White’s garden in Selborne is a wonderful mix of beautiful and practical with all the splendour that you could wish for but also a sustainable with a thriving Kitchen garden bursting with fruits and vegetables. Not forgetting the quirky twists, that only White could have imagined.
The event is open to all, with a chance of seeing the garden out of hours for free. Rose Malyon will be giving a talk at 7pm about Gilbert White as an 18th Century gardener and the Garden team at Gilbert White’s House will be on hand to walk you around the 25 acres of grounds explaining to you about White as a gardener and English gardening in the 18th Century. Or you could just enjoy the beauty whilst enjoying a picnic. For more information please see our website.