Garden Newsletter – October

Newsletter No 326 October 2015 The autumn is well and truly with us- and what beautiful weather it has been- and hopefully will continue to be! The ideal opportunity to come and help in the wakes garden! We have some good fruit crops that need picking, as well as a

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The Invitation To Selborne by Gilbert White

Today is National Poetry Day. Many forget that Gilbert White wrote poetry here’s White’s ode to Selborne which is as accurate today as it was then. See Selborne spreads her boldest beauties round The varied valley, and the mountain ground, Wildly majestic! what is all the pride Of flats, with

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October Tortoise Tale…

We’ve got loads happening this half term it’s difficult to keep up with it all so here’s a snap shot to one of our many great events our Tortoise Trail!   Gilbert White’s aunt who lived in Sussex had a pet tortoise named Timothy, which she passed to Gilbert who

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The Perfect Mother and Daughter Day

It’s not often during the hectic term time that Mum’s can really enjoy quality time with their daughters. Here at Gilbert White’s & The Oates Collections we think moments such as these are important which is why we are organising a wonderful Mother and Daughter Sewing Day. Whether your daughter

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Museums at Night… What goes bump in the night?

We’re about to find out what goes bump in the night at Gilbert White’s… We’ve invited Bat expert Nik Knight to tell us more about the Bats that live in Selborne and why the Museum and the surrounding grounds are so good for these mysterious creatures! The evening is part

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Garden Newsletter: September

  The garden is starting to look a little tired- perhaps the gardeners are too! The bright fresh colours are giving way to autumnal tints and seed heads. Heavy rain as brought those tall perennials that ‘didn’t need staking’ to the ground. Dead heading, cutting down and tidying are the

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Garden Newsletter: August

  Summer is in full swing: the weather forecast girl apologies for low summer temperatures, 22ºC ! Quite warm enough for me, working in the garden thank you! And refreshing when it rains, although it never does properly. So there’s a lot of watering to do, as well as weeding,

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Wildlife on the wheat

Each year we grow long straw wheat once used for thatching… Each year, without fail, our friend Mr Badger (and a good number of birds) come to feed on the wheat. We used to think there was an entire badger family visiting. However, as this video shows, there is in

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Garden Newsletter: July

So many thanks to all of you who helped in the garden and at the Plant Fair! Your help has made a tremendous difference and enabled us to have an attractive garden and a successful Plant Fair. The weather has now turned hot and weeding, annual planting followed by copious

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Garden Newsletter: June

Summer has at last come- or has it? It’s still rather cold, but at least it’s been quite sunny. As the day length increases so the plants have more time to grow, and grow they are certainly doing!! It’s all hands on deck once again for the garden and the

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