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We’re very disappointed to hear the news regarding the cancellation of RHS Chelsea Flower Show following the government advice with the on-going situation with COVID-19. We are so proud of the work our students and staff have achieved so far, and all the hard work and planning that has gone into celebrating the wonderful event of the tercentenary of Gilbert White’s birth. Our staff and students, although sad not be to attending the show this year, understand the precautions, and will continue to work on the garden with our partners Gilbert White and the Oates Collections and Thompson & Morgan to gain valuable experience. Keep your eyes peeled for future garden updates as the work continues.


Sparsholt College’s 2020 garden ‘The Natural Kalendar’ celebrates a true hero of Hampshire and the natural world in the tercentenary of Gilbert White’s birth.

Created in collaboration with Gilbert White & the Oates Collections, the garden is sponsored by seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan. The garden takes as its theme climate change, showing how observations by White (1720-1793), the father of ecology, enlightened people to the changing seasons and species activity.

The garden brings to life phenology – the study of nature’s lifecycles and seasonal variations in climate from 300 years in the past through to the present day, looking into the potential impact on future plant species survival.