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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 Best Garden in Norfolk

This is simply a delightful garden to visit, many plants well tended and a blaze of colour and wonderful scents. The garden is quite big being split into sections each with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is simply a delightful garden to visit, many plants well tended and a blaze of colour and wonderful scents. The garden is quite big being split into sections each with stunning and artistic hard landscaping. I particularly liked the vegetable garden, the desert river bed and the magnificent pot displays near the house. There are long views cleverly incorporating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Extravagant colour and varied planting with something to appeal to plant enthusiasts, artists or those who just like to wander and be amazed at every turn, particularly splendid in high summer. There is an excellent tea room. Wheel chair access to the garden is difficult.

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

This was my 2nd visit to the gardens, the 1st being several years ago. Though it was raining it did not detract from the wonder of these gardens. So much to see...would have liked a small map of the gardens to help navigate our way round though as lots of 'garden rooms.' I shall certainly visit again and not leave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a large and varied garden developed over many years by a single enterprising couple initially in their spare time on a patch of bleak Norfolk coastland. Now it has a huge variety of plants and "garden rooms". At any time of year it is worth a couple of hours visit, and in summer it is glorious. We live... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Our spring/early summer visit to East Ruston was unplanned until the day but well worth the 20 mile journey north east of Norwich. There is a grass parking area good for picnicing. The layout of the garden is very interesting with every turn providing a different point of interest. Many different Shrubs plants trees and rose to behold and garden... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens that need to be visited at least 3 times a year in different seasons. Tea room and plant sales a bonus.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A brilliant place to go whether sunny or rain. Gardens for every climate divided by high hedges and beautifully detailed brick walls. Plants include palm trees, cacti, pine trees and kitchen garden plants. Rest your weary feet at one of the benches or summer rooms. Beautiful well thought out views. A great reasonably priced restaurant. Shady parking. A day out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I discovered this garden when we first moved to Norfolk and was smitten from then onwards. I'm lucky enough to be able to visit in all seasons and have never been disappointed. There's always something new to discover, as well as revisiting established areas. The summer meadow is glorious, but the display in the tubs at springtime is jaw dropping.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely weather for visiting this garden. I wouldn't describe it exactly as different rooms, but there are very differing areas, from quite wild - grasses, meadow, wooded areas to much more formal and there are the animals and the hens. It's very sheltered so they are able to grow more exotic plants. The roses were wonderful, as also were the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Today was the perfect summer day to visit. The sunshine providing the petals and leaves with vibrant light; dapple shade providing peaceful rest stops on the numerous chairs. I adore Sissinghurst and the story behind its inception and development; Hidcote and a Great Dixter too. However, it was wonderful to visit this garden with its vibrant colours, its sight lines... More 

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Address: Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
Phone Number: +44 1692 650432
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich

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