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Gilbert’s Garden: Blub Planting Day

Wednesday 13th November


The garden team will be preparing beds and planting bulbs in the style of the 18th century based on Gilbert White’s gardening diary. Talk to garden team members and learn how bulbs were planted in Gilbert White’s time and how we manage and protect our plants in the 21st century.

This is a drop in event which is free with admission.

    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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