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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 unexpected gem creating a garden that just should not be possible.

This is a unique and stunning garden shaped with passion and skill over time. The clever 'portholes' in the hedges give unexpected and well framed views of local landmarks. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
CornishSuspect
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a unique and stunning garden shaped with passion and skill over time. The clever 'portholes' in the hedges give unexpected and well framed views of local landmarks. The range of garden types matches the Eden Project or Kew and is a visit to make if visiting Norfolk. Bravo guys.

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

Words do not do this garden justice, it's lovely with beautiful area's ,all different and as you wander aimlessly your eyes are drawn to various objects or windows within the greenery. We have been to many garden's in the National Trust , Monet in France and this is up there with the best. Truly a work of passion and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good value food with friendly service - a delicious array of cakes. Quiches were a bit bland, but otherwise good.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gardens that go on and on. I love the vegetable and herb gardens that give me lots of ideas for my own garden. Nice coffee shop, basic food, sausage rolls and pork pies but loads of cakes to choose from.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'd been told by someone who had previously visited these gardens - it must have been quite a while since though - that the place wasn't very big, so I initially thought that the entrance fee was a tad expensive for a small garden but when I got in there and started wandering round I realised just how big it... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In it's own sort of eco system with the gardens broken in to different themed areas. Very interesting planting and views through 'windows' in the hedges.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth a visit. A mature and maturing well-planned garden with good vistas in many directions.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a gardener, you MUST visit East Ruston Old Vicarage. What the owners have achieved is extraordinary. I went with my wife and children, but I'm going to return with just the grown ups. The girls adored it, but they travel too quickly... I wanted to absorb the atmosphere. This is really a destination for adult lovers of gardening.... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely day out with my partner walking through these magical gardens! Some people commenting on areas not well kept however we didn't witness such parts. The areas however that were slightly wilder we loved as they provided good support for wildlife and gave it a bit more magic and wonder! Felt like i was walking through a little piece of... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place, so many different and wonderful gardens within this garden to delight. It's hard to find a favourite area when they are all so unique

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