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 for its 30th year 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!

More info coming soon.

  • Start Date: 18 Jun 22
  • End Date: 19 Jun 22
  • 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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