The Winepipe returns!

Gilbert White described a rather unusual feature of his beloved garden, a mound, made from the spoils of his HaHa with a spinning port barrel on top, finished with a thatched roof. A replica of such a contraction has been a common site in the gardens of Gilbert Whites House

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Inspired By The Word

Gilbert White’s garden is due to host an exciting art collection this year. Inspired by the Word is a collection of pieces of art by British artists inspired by Hampshire’s great writers. Works inspired by Gilbert White, Jane Austen and Edward Thomas will be on display in venues all over

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The garden in March

Spring really is on its way- well, it felt like it for a day or two, before it went really cold & grey again! By the old back door there are lots more large snowdrops with the catmint having been cut back to reveal them. The bed by the house

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Snowdrop Facts

It’s our annual Snowdrop Weekend this weekend (25th-26th February) so here’s some snowdrop facts! 1. There are 19 types of snowdrop!  Though you are likely to find only three varieties in your own garden. 2.They have Christian significance. Often blooming in February or March the flower is often associated with

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The Garden in February

As we enter another year of gardening we enter a time of change. The physical changes that have been so carefully planned over the last few years are finally beginning to appear. In the six quarters the beds have a fair covering of leaves, many from the tulip tree: some

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Best of 2016

It’s New Year’s eve! Here’s what we’re remembering about 2016! January: We began the year with the first of this years 82 events, Twelfth Night. We welcomed local theatre group Foot in the Door, and enjoyed a wonderful night of food and merriment. February: Antarctic explorer, author and broadcaster Tim

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Christmas Opening Times

Today is the shortest day which means the Christmas period is upon us! But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Gilbert White & The Oates Collections over the Christmas break! Here are our Christmas Opening Times…. Wednesday 21st Dec: 10:30-4:30 Thursday 22nd Dec: 10:30-4:30 Friday 23rd Dec: 10:30-4:30 Christmas Eve:

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Hercules Re-built: Gilbert White’s Statue

One of the more unusual features of the garden here at the Wakes is the ‘statue’ of Hercules. Situated at the southern end of the park adjacent to a strip of woodland known as the Piddle it was erected in 1999 as part of the Kim Wilkie Garden Restoration project

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The Garden in December

Here is what is happening in the garden in December… As Christmas draws near the garden clear up continues, and house decoration and mulled wine is upon us. In the Dining Room shrubbery the one remaining Laurestinus has some flowers on, but at the time of writing, there are no

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The Garden in November

The autumn clear up continues in the garden this November! The Dining room shrubbery is now in a state of limbo as we await the new lottery project to take place. It is planned to remove the yew hedge, or at least part of it, so that a view of

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