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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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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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An amazing collection of plants in an amazing number of settings

Not quite sure what to expect the garden was somewhat overwhelming. The amazing variety of plants in a diverse range of settings, that were imaginatively created, if not... read more

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were told these were amazing gardens - but felt quite disappointed. Nothing very amazing or exotic, just a series of 'rooms' with the usual summer flowers and plants, some interesting but no clear efforts at labelling, which one would expect from so-called gardening aficionados - others would like to know what that particular plant is called. (The labels that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not quite sure what to expect the garden was somewhat overwhelming. The amazing variety of plants in a diverse range of settings, that were imaginatively created, if not necessarily traditional or orthodox made this a really interesting visit. With surprises almost around every corner this garden holds your interest throughout. Creative use of landscapes, interesting area with specialities, this is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is a maze and it needs a guide to enable you to find your way around. There were no leaflets with maps available, the options were either get lost and miss many of the highlights or purchase an expensive glossy guide. We reluctantly opted for the latter after getting lost several times. Even then, although the interesting parts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is something inspirational around every corner. The most amazing collections of plants and trees and always being added to

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Norfolk certainly isn't short of wonderful attractions but East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is an absolutely MUST. A wonderful collection of garden 'rooms' created by its owners and lots of them with inspiring views of the coastline and its landmarks. A very special place to visit - so go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As someone who enjoys visiting gardens this one is an absolute gem. A series of "rooms" that are individual and different, with lots of places to sit and relax. Around every corner is something new. Plus plant sales and a good cafe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These are private gardens off the Stalham to Walcott Road. It is a large site with many different types of gardens and places to sit, with a surprising view of Happisburgh Lighthouse in the distance. There is a pleasant tea-room and it is possible to buy a lot of the plants on display at their nursery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The admittance charge at £8 feels pricey but the gardens will not disappoint. Beautiful mature gardens of all types from traditional rose gardens to deserts with amazing exotic succulents and dramatic specimens. Every viewpoint has been thought through with wonderful moon Windows framing beautiful landmarks in the distance such as Happisburgh lighthouse. Great tea and cakes in the beautiful courtyards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been several times to this amazing North Norfolk garden - even in late April as on our last visit there is so much to see. The garden room of hellebores and acers is particularly outstanding, and the avenues of birches and daffodils so stunning. Worth a diversion from wherever you are saying in Norfolk.

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