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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

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Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
Phone Number: +44 1692 650432
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The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday,...

The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5.30pm.

The gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage are one of the most exciting surprises in the county, who would expect to find a verdant, sheltered garden in the prairie landscape that is north east Norfolk? Enter the garden and you are worlds away from the local landscape for here there are many gardens within the whole including a new Walled Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Mediterranean Garden and a stunning Desert inspired by the landscape of Arizona. These areas are connected by magical avenues and areas of informal planting with some places allowed to be wildlife friendly which includes a stunning Corn Field that contains the corn field weeds of yesteryear and has been known to move visitors to tears. Wild Flower meadows lead down to ponds full to bursting with the sights and sounds of nature giving way to rolling lawns all enclosed by tall sheltering trees and hedges for because of its coastal situation this is an inward looking garden. But, the views out are both stunning and amusing, a port hole cut in the hedge allows tantalizing glimpses of the Happisburgh lighthouse one mile away whilst other highlights are the views of both St. Mary's churches at East Ruston and Happisburgh. Overall there is a feeling that this garden is exceedingly well designed; there is incredible use of colour, an exuberance of planting making it a very special experience, this garden has that certain je nais se quoi that is sadly lacking in most modern gardens today. There is a well equipped tea room serving delicious locally produced refreshments and a nursery selling many of the rare and unusual plants found growing in the garden.

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Went to view the gardens and they are amazing, little bit of heaven on a summers day . It's easy to find and has a lovely cafe with scrummy cakes and drinks. There are pants for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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Sheringham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to view the gardens and they are amazing, little bit of heaven on a summers day . It's easy to find and has a lovely cafe with scrummy cakes and drinks. There are pants for sale too.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been to the gardens a few times now and they never disappoint! Beautifully kept with lots to see, feels like you find new areas each time we go. The water feature is stunning. The café is a nice way to finish off your visit with seating outdoors. The plants you can buy are a very good price.

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Thank Lvc90
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love formal gardens this is the place to visit. My wife and I usually visit at least twice a year and always find something new and interesting to enjoy. The clipped box trees are fantastic and the unusual planting in the large terracotta pots always gets us wanting to do the same. There are so many areas to... More 

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Thank NorfolkBill
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's always something new to see in these lovely gardens. It's laid out in sort of 'rooms' mostly with interesting views through holes and gaps. Good plant sales too and tea room nice.

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Thank pgsnapper
Attleborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away just of the East Anglian coat a true treasure. Its like walking into another world. Such a fantastic use of planting and design coming together giving a beautiful garden, just jaw dropping.

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Thank TimmyChen10
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

East Ruston is a wonder. Developed from their own resources by a couple over many years, it is now a very large garden, divided into many "rooms", each with its own plants, design and atmosphere. You can easily spend a long afternoon wandering round. In mid summer don't miss the wildflower meadow.

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Thank StephenM99
Southwold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been here twice now and enjoyed each experience. If you are a gardener this is a must. Lovely café with excellent tea and cakes.

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Thank Rod H
Martham Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This garden is an absolute delight! Thank goodness we live in Norfolk and not too far from this attraction and can visit whenever the fancy takes us. The "woody" part is my favourite, the plants are obviously looked after but look almost as if they have grown there naturally. I couldn't resist buying some lovely lupin plants and an exotic... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How come this amazing gardening wonder is not more well known? We (my wife & myself) came across it by pure accident. We live only 30 or so mile away & had never heard of it. Keen gardeners ourselves, we were pleased to find a small feature garden to visit near to home. so, off we set.... When we got... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a garden. It is impossible to exaggerate the accomplishment of the owners of this idiosyncratic wonder. Full of surprising vistas, eccentric ideas, great rock gardens, lawns, meadows and hidden treasures. Do not miss the opportunity to visit.

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