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

Unusual Plants Fair 2022

18th & 19th June 2022


The Unusual Plants Fair at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens is back on the 18th & 19th June. The annual event welcomes stallholders from across the region to selling wonderful plants for your garden. Experts will be on hand for advice and volunteers will be on hand with wheelbarrows to help you get all your green and leafy purchases to your car!

Entrance is £8 for adults and children go free and includes admission to the house and gardens. A perfect Father’s Day treat for all the generations, with plenty to see and do, plus a BBQ and beer from Gilbert White’s House Brewery!

Tickets available on the door only. No tickets available online. Our site capacity is far bigger than our excepted attendance so everyone will be able to get in. 

Stalls include:

Lonely Toad Studios  

Lonely Toad Studios showcase a range of garden ornaments and gifts. 


Long Acre Plants  

Long Acre Plants predominantly specialise in ferns and unusual woodland perennials. 


Madrona Nursery  

Madrona Nursery provide a range of unusual trees, shrubs and grasses. 


Parks Perennials  

Growers of hardy herbaceous perennial plants, including Thalictrum, Agapanthus, Eryngium, Anemone and many more.  


Redmayne Perennials 

Redmayne Perennials is a small nursery based in St Albans and specialising in a range of reliable and unusual herbaceous perennials grown mainly from seed, with an emphasis on species rather than cultivars and on plants which are good for pollinators. 


Rotherview Nursery  

Rotherview Nursery have a wide range of own grown alpines, perennials and ferns with eco-friendly outlook.  


Spring Meadow Nurseries 

Spring Meadow Nurseries supply hardy perennials, shrubs, roses and lavender that are all grown in the New Forest.  


Totally Potty about Succulents  

Small scale succulent and cement plant pot business, based in Bournemouth, with a range of unique handmade pots.  


Seale Rose Garden  

The May family have been growing award-winning roses at Seale since 1948 and are RHS Medallists for Roses. David and Catherine enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with other rose enthusiasts, whether novice or experienced gardeners. They grow not only a choice selection of carefully selected varieties for all situations, but also specialise in fragrant, repeat flowering climbers and big climbing roses for instant impact.  


Palms UK  

Nursery in Hampshire which produces varieties of palm trees that are hardy to the UK climate, with varieties suitable to the outdoors or inside settings such as conservatories. They also provide pots and fertiliser.  


Edulis Nursery  

Tucked away in a walled garden in the Thames Valley near Pangbourne, Edulis Nursery provide a range of unusual plants, mainly perennials. 


Garden Bargains  

Specialising in antique metal garden furniture and patio sets, garden mirrors, bird baths, planters, metal birds, trellis and more.  


Charleshurst Farm Nursery  

A small nursery growing mostly shrubs and small trees including some rare and unusual species and varieties. Specialities include a good range of Daphnes. Nearly all our plants are propagated and grown on our own nursery. 


Oakview Nursery  

Kent based grower specialising in salvias.  


Leesa’s Not Just Alpines 

Independent nursery growing a range of alpine plants and more. 


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust – 

For over 60 years Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have protected the wildlife and wild places of Hampshire, as a leading nature conservation charity, and aim to inspire people to love nature.  

    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.

    Learn more