Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Creating a Cottage Garden

A day course which explores the essence of the cottage garden and continues by discussing practical ways in which your own garden can be improved or converted into this beautiful style.

Includes slide talks, tours of the Gilbert White garden and a chance to draw out new plans for your plot. Bring along a plan of your present garden! Bring your own lunch or our cafe is available to purchase refreshments.


  • Start Date: 10 Jul 18
  • End Date: 10 Jul 18
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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