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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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Description: 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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Painting with flowers on a grand scale

The Old Vicarage is a series of complete gardens with different themes arranged around the house. Each is complete in its own way: there is an excellent wild flower meadow, a dry... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The Old Vicarage is a series of complete gardens with different themes arranged around the house. Each is complete in its own way: there is an excellent wild flower meadow, a dry garden themed on a dry riverbed, lawns, pergolas, woodland walks simply stuffed with hydrangeas, and, of course the stunning flower gardens close to the house. Here we have... More 

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Bacton,Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I am not a walky round gardens person, but I trudged out on a Sunny June morning. It's beautiful, round every corner, something different, without being pretentious or to cut fine round the edges. The most amazing thing for me, was a field full and I mean full, of wild flowers. I stood there for 15mins taking it all in,... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, continuously developing gardens covering over 30 acres owned and overseen by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson (of Radio Norfolk's Saturday Garden Party Programme) The gardens are delightfully divided into 'rooms' e.g. Dry, Italian, Rose, Walled etc etc and incorporate superb hard-landscaping features. 'Windows' in hedging highlight distant buildings e.g. churches/lighthouses. Plants and historical garden tools are for sale and... More 

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Norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Theres 'a bit of everything' here...traditional areas, contemporary areas...rugged, sculptured & so on, lots of seating dotted about just to sit & chill out & a lovely tearoom.

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Norwich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We visited on a lovely sunny and warm day in July, remember there were a few! Certainly it covers a large acreage, but much is just grass and will no doubt be developed later. The price is fair, given the time of year, but the disappointing element was that it was a bit rough around the edges - possibly got... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A fantastic garden,whatever time of year you go there is always something new to see.The design is inspirational , executed by first class gardeners, and the hard landscaping just mind blowing,all on a "heroic" scale. The tea rooms are excellent too,cake delicous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

these people really know their stuff packed with interest marvellous planting both beds and containers you need half a day to take it all in Alan Grey when spotted a mine of information and his garden walks great value for money cannot recommend highly enough

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic gardens designed as a series of 'rooms'. The planting is spectacular - lots of ideas to try at home! A really excellent afternoon out, culminating in delicious tea and cakes, and opportunities to buy many of the more unusual plants in the shop.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have visited East Ruston several times and always find something new. The enthusiasm and sheer horticultural skill of the creators overawes me. They know how make the simplicity of a formal garden very appealing as well as being able to feast the eye with the blazing colours of a wild flower meadow. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit, the gardens are lovely and views fantastic. Nice tea rooms too. Will visit on a regular basis.

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Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
Phone Number: +44 1692 650432
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