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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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Fabulous walking garden with great variety of plants, trees and flowers. Café was excellent with pleasant staff.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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East Yorkshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

While the garden has a fabulous overall feel to it, the gardens on my last visit were not those of the same standard I had visited before. While there are some very inspiring areas to the gardens, mostly in the vicinity of the house, as you venture further into the many acres of grounds the gardens peter out into a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Fabulous walking garden with great variety of plants, trees and flowers. Café was excellent with pleasant staff.

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surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing place to visit, whether or not you are a gardener. In less than twenty years, the owners have planted and designed the amazing gardens. The cafe offers snacks and drinks at very reasonable prices. There are also plants for sale at much less cost than you would expect. There are masses in pots, ready priced, but... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Really nice gardens, right in the middle of nowhere! About 8 different gardens, desert, formal, wild, etc.etc. On top of that great cakes & Coffee!

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peterborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting gardens with a surprise around every corner has a nice tea shop and very worth a visit

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The most ammazing place ever , one visit is never long enough it it just like a garden tardis if your in norfolk its the one garden you really must see & you will have to go back the seasons are wonderfull to behold in such a tranquill place even when busy , plants for sale & you may even... More 

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Cumbria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We passed the entrance to the garden on a cycle ride and came back to it after the ride intending to just have a cup of tea. What an unexpected pleasure then to find these extensive gardens which were very nuch to our taste in their design ane planting. Choose a sunny day and don't use a guide. Just wander.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A pleasant experience - the gardens are large 32 acres. Today a beautiful sunny summer day showed the gardens at their best, well tended and extensive - but pleasant though a visit is the planting lacked any serious wow factors for me..Worth a visit if you are in the area but probably not IMHO worth making a destination in itself.

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Caister-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were fortunate to enjoy a rare full day here when the owners kindly threw open their gardens for a Gorleston RNLI fund raising event. Despite the downpour,we loved it. Alan Gray gave a brief talk: he is a natural and you can catch him each Saturday on BBC Radio Norfolk's lunchtime gardening programme . The whole place is an... More 

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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited this garden on recommendation and we're not disappointed. There is a lot of different aspects to visit - including some Alpacas. There is a nice cafe and seating area to enjoy a drink/snack too.

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