Reverend White laid out the garden between 1751 and the early 1760s but with no plans of the garden, it was recreated by Kim Wilkie in 1992 using White’s journals, correspondence, account books, his ‘Garden Kalendar’ and illustrations White commissioned from Samuel Hieronymous Grimm in 1776. It also houses the Oates Collection and is managed by Charitable Trust.
The garden is accessible on well-kept grass and paths specially laid with very shallow gravel. There are several wheelchair adapted picnic benches throughout the grounds. The parkland beyond the garden is sloping and laid to rough grass. The museum has a non-motorised wheelchair which visitors are free to borrow – just ask at Reception.
Famous for The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, (1788/9) Gilbert White was born in the Vicarage in Selborne where his grandfather was parish priest. The family moved to The Wakes when Gilbert was seven years old. MORE >