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

Gilbert White’s 18th Century Garden

A remarkable detective story that uncovers the original layout of Gilbert white’s Selborne garden which he laid out between 1750 and 1793 and investigates many of the unusual and interesting plants he grew. He harvested over 2000 cucumbers in 1790! A mixture of slide talks, discussions and tours of the present garden, this course is a must for garden history lovers, Gilbert White enthusiasts and anyone who wants to know more about the history of Selborne! Bring your own lunch or our cafe is available to purchase refreshments.
Starts 10:30 till 4pm.


  • Start Date: 27 Nov 18
  • End Date: 27 Nov 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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