Gilbert White the Gardener and His Garden

Garden Volunteer Steve Driver tells us about Gilbert as a gardener.  Gilbert White was born in 1720 at a time when detailed scientific study on any topic were being formalised. For instance, the Royal Society had only been in existence since 1663 and the Royal Botanic Society was not formed

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What’s on at the Unusual Plants Fair?

The Unusual Plants Fair is our biggest event of the year and has been running for over 25 years! This years fair runs from Saturday 15th till Sunday 16th of June 10:30am-5pm. Our stallholders this year will be… Bean Place Nursery,  Butterfly Cottage Garden Plants, Charleshurst Farm Nursery, RJ Court, Delma’s, Edulis Nursery , Garden

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A Walk Around the Flowers

Our museum intern Connie Main tries our our new Garden walks!  Spring is truly springing, especially here in Gilbert White’s Garden and Meadow. To complement the start of the new season, our fantastic gardener Keith has designed three walks and each takes one on a journey through the beautiful grounds.

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Cold Frames for Gilbert’s Garden – Can you help?

Chris Piper one of our amazing volunteers and our garden team have set up a new campaign. Chris tells us more… Many of you will know that the gardeners at the Museum were provided with a new gardeners’ shed and a greenhouse as part of the Museum Development Project. This

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Butterflies at Gilbert White’s House

Volunteer Chris Piper tells us about the Butterflies at Gilbert White’s House Garden this year… Some visitors have asked about butterflies in the garden this year. We record butterflies weekly throughout the Spring and Summer reporting our results to Butterfly Conservation. This year started late although we had good records

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On Scything

Volunteer Dr. Grant Repshire talks about his experience Scything… When I first contacted Gilbert White & The Oates Collections about working as a volunteer, offering up my experience as a historian and literary scholar, I thought I’d spend my time studying history – but I’ve also found myself fortunate to

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Unusual Plants Fair 2018

We can’t wait for our longest running event the Unusual Plants Fair to return on the 16th & 17th June 2018! Over the weekend you can visit our amazing summer garden and meet amazing stall holders who specialise in more unusual plants for your garden, with great advice, tours and

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Tips for June

Tips for June Summer’s here and we have an awesome June planned here at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections! 1. Unusual Plants Fair  June is always about getting out into the garden for us, especially with our annual Unusual Plants Fair. This year looks to be a great event

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Gilbert White’s Kitchen Garden Series – An Introduction

Gilbert White’s Kitchen Garden Series – An Introduction Dr J. Grant Repshire takes us into Gilbert’s Garden in this series of blogs Gilbert White not only recorded pioneering observations of the natural world, he also gave us a valuable insight into how nature was cultivated by humans in the mid-18th

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Garden with us!

It’s National Gardening Week! Gilbert White was a passionate gardener whose personality is in each part of the 25 acre garden we conserve. And that’s why we need help!  If you are a garden lover who’d love a chance to work on one of the most beautiful gardens in Hampshire,

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