The 2016 Games come to Selborne

As the Olympics get going in Rio, in Selborne we are looking forward to a much more unusual set of games, Gilbert’s Games. On the 13th-14th August, Gilbert White & The Oates Collections will once again be celebrating their annual family summer event. Take a step back in time with

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Happy Birthday Gilbert White

On the 18th July 1720 Gilbert White was born to parents John White a Lawyer and Anne nee Holt, in the vicarage at Selborne, home to John’s parents. The new born Gilbert’s grandfather (also Gilbert White) was vicar of St. Mary’s , and it was at this church where on

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Have a WILD Summer Holiday

Wild Summer Holiday activities at Gilbert White’s. It’s the summer holidays and there’s plenty to do at Gilbert White’s House for the whole family! Running until the 7th August take part in the Great Butterfly Hunt. After a cold spring and a soggy summer butterflies are suffering this year, and

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The Garden in June…

It’s June in the Garden and the gardening season is now in full flow! And so are the weeds. In the dining room shrubbery we now have a great mass of growth, with columbines (red & pink) in the foreground, and willow herb, sweet rocket and campanulas in the middle-

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Gilbert’s Open Garden; Celebrating Capability Brown

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

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Nature Day

Gilbert White & the Oates Collections are celebrating the natural legacy of Gilbert White with a fun filled day of activities at their Nature Day on May 28th. The Museum will be joined by organisations such as South Downs National Park, the RSPB, The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife

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Q&A with Kathryn Aalto!

Kathryn Aalto author of The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh recently made the New York Times Best Selling list and will be visiting Gilbert White & The Oates Collections on the 25th May to give a talk at the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre. Join Kathryn for a visually-rich

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The Importance of Gardening in Earnest, or the Garden in May.

The Garden in May We are now into the gardening season in earnest: the soil is warming up, plants (& weeds!) are beginning to grow strongly and gardeners launch into their normal operations, planting, hoeing, hand weeding, edging & mowing. There’s also a little panic in the air- have we

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A Wild Week at White’s!

This week marks an exciting week for nature lovers at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Nik Knight of Hampshire Bat Group joins Gilbert White & The Oates Collections again for a late evening bat walk in Gilbert’s garden, on May 10th. On the 13th to mark the national Museums

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Really Wild Gardening

David Standing, head gardener at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections will be offering advice on wild gardening on Saturday 7th May 2016. David has over 37 years of experience as gardener at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne. This 3hr course will in include an introduction to wild gardening, information

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