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

Unusual Plants Fair 2017

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th June 2017

Admission: Adults £7 . Children Free Times: 10.30am -5pm each day

2017 is our 25th Unusual Plants Fair!

Exhibitors displaying unusual plants, seeds, garden furniture and more.


11am Pimms Bar opens
After the first half hour of shopping, why not take a break and have a refreshing Pimms!

2pm Garden Tour
Garden Manager Rose Malyon will guide you round Gilbert White’s garden, a rare example of a middle class 18th century garden.

Talks on Sunday

Join us for a series of talks/workshops on Sunday

11am  The rise and consequences of the English Landscape Garden 
Andrew Bentley Garden Manager at Chawton House Library will explore the influences of the movement, key characters and their contributions and the effects this change had on gardens, the landscape and people.

12pm 18th Century Gardening – then and now
Our Gardener Keith Oakley will explore gardening techniques from the 18th century onward.


1pm Rose Grafting 
Demonstration and Workshop by David May
David has been growing roses all his life at Seale Rose Garden and loves to share his expertise and knowledge. He will show you how to graft roses and give you lots of tips and advice so you can care for your roses to ensure a stunning performance. David developed and patented an award winning propagation system, growing them in pots right from the start. This means that once planted, either in pots or the ground they will grow away strongly, flower quickly and perform superbly right from the start.


2pm Old Roses at Gilbert White’s House
Join our Garden manager Rose Malyon to explore the old fashioned roses in our garden
3pm Discover Ferns


Colin Moat from Pineview Plants will be sharing his experience and love of ferns and how to get the best from them.


Perennials, Ferns, Grasses – Family run nursery specialising in hardy perennials, ferns and ornamental grasses.

Leesa’s Not Just Alpines
A love of propagation turned a hobby into a small business growing a wide range of garden worthy alpines & in recent years an ever-expanding selection of cottage garden perennials. Open by appointment only

New Forest Hostas & Hemerocallis
This small, family run business, based in the New Forest, have been passionate about Hostas and Herocallis for years. It has recently taken the plunge and started selling them.

Spring Meadow Nurseries
Hardy Perennials & Bay Trees – Bay trees (standard and bush), olive trees, hardy perennials, roses.

Seale Rose Garden 
Seale Rose Garden – The May family have been growing award-winning roses at Seale Rose Garden since 1948, and offer a choice selection of carefully selected varieties for all situations. Unusually they offer well established climbing roses for instant impact. They enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with other rose enthusiasts, whether novice or experienced gardeners and also welcome visitors to their nurseries which are open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Unusual, Traditional & Unique Seeds & Fruit Trees – The unique Delma Damson.

Whinwhistle Nursery & Cutting Garden
Annuals, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vegetable seedlings, succulents.
Seasonal cut flowers, petal confetti, tree roots
Bartley Road Woodlands Hampshire

Chris Cooke
Grows and exhibits a wide range of rare and unusual hardy and half-hardy species, especially bulbous plants including tuberous pelargonium species and other South African and New World plants.

Lavender Hare
Vintage Garden Ware – Lavender Hare take great pride in selecting products that will
complement your home and garden. Lavender Hare offers a collection of vintage ‘care-worn’ garden and home delights.

Butterfly Cottage Garden Plants
A husband and wife team growing hardy perennials and annuals to attract butterflies and bees to your garden. They propagate all the plants themselves, with the focus on ’good doers’; including garden-worthy natives. The nursery has been running for 14 years and they enjoy a loyal customer base.

Little Heath Farm Nursery
A hardy plant Nursery with a good range of perennials and shrubs many unusual, specialises in alpines.

Test Valley Nursery
Specialise in less common and new hardy perennial plants along with the more
traditional cottage garden varieties.

Garden Bargains
Antique metal garden furniture, metal flowers, bird baths etc.

Charleshurst Farm Nursery
Shrubs, Small Trees & Perennial Plants – A small nursery growing a range of interesting and unusual shrubs and perennial plants. Specialities include Daphnes and Japanese Maples. Nearly all plants are propagated and grown on their own nursery.

Paddock Plants
We are a family-run nursery based near Southampton in Hampshire offering an interesting range of perennials, grasses, ferns and shrubs, including some more unusual varieties or plants new to the UK market, all at affordable prices. All our plants are grown peat-free and, other than a few more tender specimens, are overwintered in the open. We can deliver locally by our own transport and send plants by courier delivery throughout most of the United Kingdom.

Originally started in 1993 growing unusual edible plants and since then the range has increased after numerous plant hunting trips. these days the nursery grows a wide range of rare and desirable plants not usually offered for sale.

Yvonne’s Plants
Vegetable, herb, fruit plants & some flowers
We are specialists in tomatoes, chillies and peppers, with hundreds of varieties grown each year, many of which are rare and heirloom varieties that are not available elsewhere.

Phoenix Perennial Plants (Saturday Only)
Hardy herbaceous perennials specialising in plants that attract beneficial insects. Chalk -loving, prairie plants + umbelliferies. range of hand tools.

Wakes Weeders
A selection of 18th century plants including foxgloves and roses, many grown here in Gilbert White’s Garden.

Northbrook Nursery
A small garden nursery based in Broadstone, Dorset specialising in a wide selection of affordable wildlife friendly perennials like Rudbeckia and Lobelia. They stock a good variety of tall perennials such as Eupatorium and Bidens and can provide a full range of flowering nectar plants across the whole season to support bees, butterflies & moths.

Oakview Nursery
At Oakview Nursery in Bournemouth you’ll find the best perennials in Dorset,
knowledgeable staff and a whole lot more.

Madrona Nursery
Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, and Roses. The Nursery has many rare and unusual plants and there is a Tearoom in a medieval timbered building.

Perennials, Scented and Unique Pelargoniums, Fuchsias

Herbacious Perennials – We try to have more sort-after perennials, the less common ones.

Alpines, Perennials & Ferns – A family run nursery specialising in Alpines and Camellias. We exhibit at all the major RHS shows displaying our own handmade Hyper-tufa troughs. We won an RHS Gold Medal at Chelsea in 2016 We are open to the public and grow the majority of our plants

Hardy Perennials – Perennials, including Eryngium, echinacea, Thalictrum, Eucomis, Irisies, Anemones, Salvia etc.

Pineview Plants
Wide range of shade, prairie and unusual plants
A wide range of shade loving plants including ferns, good forms of perennials
More forms of Epimedium, Actaea, Sanguisorba and Thalictrum than is probably
Normal, and RHS Exhibitor and Assessor

Since 1998 Pepperpot Nursery have specialised in growing herbs and now produce a range of around 250 different varieties – 150 of which should be with them this weekend. Although primarily a wholesale nursery their website lists events where they are selling and they are hoping to open for retail sales/open days from 2018. They are situated on the Selborne Road on the outskirts of Chawton.

Chase Plants
Growers of hardy & tender Herbaceous Perennials

Stafford Lake Nursery
We are a family business established on our site in Woking, Surrey for over 40 years. We are unusual among modern nurseries in that we produce the bulk of our plants on site and source the remainder as locally as possible, only importing stock where strictly necessary. We supply both trade and retail. Retail is at retail shows or strictly by appointment.

Wild Thyme
We specialise in beautifully scented perennials and shrubs and a range of wildflowers from around the British Isles. We are truly passionate about our plants and we hope you love them as much as we do.


Why not enter our ‘GARDEN IN A BOX ‘ competition? 

This year to celebrate the 25th year of our Unusual Plants Fair we are running a GARDEN IN A BOX competition. From 1st April, simply pop into our reception and pick up your box.  Then bring your entry to our Unusual Plants Fair for judging.

Box gardens can be miniature living gardens or models created with any material you choose. Entrants will be categorised according to age and type of garden.

Age categories:

below 5yrs





A box costs £1 but this fee will be discounted from the cost of your admission when you bring your creation to our Unusual Plants Fair.

Alternatively why not make your own box (dimensions 190mm x 188mm x 43mm)


Judging will take place on the Sunday of our Fair.

Certificates will be awarded for First, Second and Third place in each category.

  • Start Date: 17 Jun 17
  • End Date: 17 Jun 17
  • 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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