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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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Stunning, amazing, beautiful

Even someone not that interested in visiting gardens would love this place ( my husband!). It is one of the most interesting gardens, full of surprises and fun, fantastic designs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Even someone not that interested in visiting gardens would love this place ( my husband!). It is one of the most interesting gardens, full of surprises and fun, fantastic designs and plants, some wonderful places to sit and reflect, a lovely tea room inside and out, I had a courgette and lime cake which was divine, and a plant shop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The gardens around house were bursting with flowers in full bloom. The 32 acres of gardens are divided by numerous paths edged with tall trees or hedging with the intention to create a maze. Not to everybody's liking but it means the visitor will be constantly surprised by the next twist in the path. The lack of a map or... More 

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couple from norfolk england
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Clean and service quick. And reasonable cost The decor is very unusual and adds to the charm of the place

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A must for garden lovers. Beautifully designed, abundance of plants with many small individual areas to explore. Sculpture tastefully used with some stunning pieces. A real gem!

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I have been a regular visitor to this garden since late nineties, each year it's got expanded and more and more amazing. Open from April till October this garden changes through the season, so I used to have a season ticket. Great place to spend a sunny afternoon there is something for everyone, woodland gardens provide hours of entertainment to... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What a fantastic place to visit, these gardens are definitely something special and the £8.00 entry fee is worth every penny. Each part of the garden is like moving from one room to another or in some parts from one country to another. Each part of the garden compliments the next and no matter how big your own garden is... More 

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We have been lucky enough to visit this garden on several occasions, at different times throughout the year. There is something so special and unique about this place, which really justifies the £8 entrance fee! It is not just for those who appreciate flowers and plants, but also has a unique artistic feel, with stunning views and perspectives of landmarks... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stunning gardens set in quiet countryside, this is one of Norfolk's hidden gems. Go on a nice day ........ and take your camera!

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Loughton, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Great place to visit. Lovely gardens and views of the surrounding landscape. Some very unusual planting and the history of its creation very interesting. Great coffee shop with lovely seating outside. Highly recommended.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

New Garden. very good to have a wonderful evening. colorful view can make our pictures attractive. prefer to go evening time.

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