Gilbert White’s House
Explore the gardens laid out by the naturalist Gilbert White.
The Six Quarters Garden is planted with seasonal flowers including a beautiful collection of historic roses. Adjoining is the Herb and Annual Garden with herbs mentioned by White.
White created the Fruit Wall with reference to Thomas Hill’s A Treatise of Fruit Trees, 1757.
The Kitchen Garden, Field Garden, New Garden and Turners Garden are where White grew a large amount of fruit and vegetables. He experimented with new varieties as well as traditional crops.
White’s statue of Hercules stands in the Great Mead. Unable to afford bronze and marble, the statue is made from wood.
Don’t miss the Barrel Seat or Wine Pipe at the top of the Mound – swing round in a circle and enjoy the view to the house or towards the Beach hanger.
The gardens are open for most of the year but not every day – check the website for details.
There’s no car park at The Wakes. Park in the public car park in the village and walk along the High Street.
The house is managed by a Charitable Trust.