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

Unusual Plants Fair 2018

The Unusual Plants Fair returns on the 16th & 17th June 2018.

Join us and meet amazing stall holders who specialise in more unusual plants for your garden, with great advice, tours and talks this is always a great day out for all the family!

Talks on Saturday

11am Garden Tour
Our Gardener Keith Oakley will guide you through Gilbert White’s 18 Century Garden

2pm The art of natural floral arranging
Rebecca Goff a florist-farmer from Blooming Cow Flowers will demonstrate a live flower arrangement demonstration as well as cutting garden advice.

3pm Behind the Scenes
Our Gardener Keith Oakey takes you behind the scenes at Gilbert White’s Garden and how it works

Talks on Sunday
Join us for a series of talks/workshops on Sunday

11am Persuasive Plants
Andrew Bentley Garden Manager at Chawton House Library will share the top 5 plants that hooked him into horticulture and continue to hold their fascination for him.

1pm Discovering Gilbert White’s garden
David Standing, our retired head gardener has studied the layout and planting of Gilbert White’s garden for many years. He will be giving short talk describing how the actual layout, plants and planting of his eighteenth century garden were discovered, including a short descriptive tour of the present grounds.

2pm 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.

3pm Behind the Scenes
Our Gardener Keith Oakey takes you behind the scenes at Gilbert White’s Garden and how it works

Avoid the Queues

Why not beat the queues and purchase your ticket online today!
Purchase Tickets Here
Just bring your proof of purchase along with you to the gate…


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amber Plants
Interesting, mainly hardy perennials shrubs especially for shade.

Chantry Green
Based in Storrington, West Sussex, we offer a range of specialist gardening services, drawing on our twenty years of horticultural experience to provide clients with a professional service, giving them the peace of mind that their plants and garden are receiving the best care.

Bean Place Nursery
A selection of Hardy ferns, ornamental grasses and hardy herbaceous perennials

Weald and Downland Museum
A fantastic stand looking at the history of the garden.

Jenkyn Place Vinyards
Family run boutique vineyard making English sparkling wine in the traditional method with champagne grape varieties.

Wight Harvist
We sell quality island Farm produce including chutneys, garlic pesto and dressings.




  • Start Date: 16 Jun 18
  • End Date: 17 Jun 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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