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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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The most beautiful and innovative garden in Norfolk

We visit East Ruston at least once a week, there is always something new to see and the owners are really helpful with any queries about the garden or the plants. The improvements... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lavenham
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

There is much to admire in this garden. The wonderful variety of 'rooms', each with its own planting style and atmosphere - I particularly I like the way the green rooms, so peaceful in contrast to the flamboyance of some of the others, have been planned into the overall pattern. And the approach to planting is imaginative and interesting. BUT... More 

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NorwichUK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We visit East Ruston at least once a week, there is always something new to see and the owners are really helpful with any queries about the garden or the plants. The improvements this year are very interesting and it just gets better.We have been visiting the garden for 10 years now and it is still as beautiful as it... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A wonderful garden experience, a bit hard to find but well worth the effort. Have now been in two different seasons, always something new to see.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Best garden to visit in the UK??....don't think I've ever seen anything better!! An absolute joy for the senses....clean, beautifully manicured, spacious and excellent facilities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Living local I had always wanted to go and well the gardens were absolutely delightful. I loved the fact whilst there were a good number of visitors you could still find that hidden corner and enjoy the peace and quiet. The tea rooms had some gorgeous offerings which would have been rude to ignore - especially as the daughter was... More 

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a really lovely built from nothing over 20 years. We went at an in between time for flowers but there was still a lot to see. I guess June or July would be full colour and the wildflower meadow would be out. We were there 4 hours even so, with a lovely home made cake and tea in... More 

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I come here once a year and enjoy seeing the gardens expand year on year. However this year I've visited earlier than usual and found it very disappointing. The tulips around the house were beautiful but there wasn't much else to see. they appear to have overextended themselves; huge patches of land were bare and awaiting planting and large areas... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visit the gardens every year when we come to stay at East Ruston and over the years we have seen it grow and blossom. We are never disappointed every year new gardens are developed and the ones that were being developed in previous years are maturing so it is a never ending cycle. There are lots of hidden corners... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

On our first visit I felt as if we had entered a mini Keukenhof, the mixed bulb pots and beds in the courtyard area were beautiful, we would have been happy to have a garden that matched that space but the rest was fabulous too... A garden of my dreams. Hope to get back sometime to see it in different... More 

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Northwold, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Out of nearly nothing these two have created something very special - a must visit in different seasons

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