House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Gilbert’s Garden: Snowdrops

Wednesday 14th February


Snowdrops will be in bloom on Baker’s Hill and the orchards. Tours will be laid on throughout the day around the areas of snowdrops as well as taking in the historic features of Gilbert White’s 18th century landscape garden.

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

    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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