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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

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Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
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+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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Whist I live within a few miles of East Ruston I make a point of visiting on a regular basis superb gardens

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whist I live within a few miles of East Ruston I make a point of visiting on a regular basis superb gardens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth the visit vary enjoyable coffee and food was good and the staff was vary friendly Lovely place to visit

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite simply the best garden you'll find in Norfolk, don't miss it if you're visting the area - check carefully for opening times / days though as its not open every day, even in the summer. Lots of different gardens within the main garden, allow plenty of time as there's lots to see. Can't recommend it highly enough!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful garden was created by two men (the current owners and custodians) from a patch of farmland and it is so magnificent today that it is difficult to image how, just a few years ago, it was just part of bare, treeless farmland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are maintained to a consistently high standard and there is always somethings blooming whenever you visit. Admission charge is not cheap but well worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

I visited for a second time at the end of October. There was something different round each corner and it is a lovely place to wander, admiring the different types of planting and the exotic plants that have been found. There is an orangery to sit and make the most of any sun, where scented roses fill the air with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Our favourite Gardens. We go every year. Never the same and always evolving. It never disappoints. The dry garden must not be missed.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Lovely garden with great surroundings and scurrilous cakes and coffee, you can also buy some plants too. Reccomend visit at different stages seasons as the garden is so different but still beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We met the owners in the restaurant having a meal, were very friendly . Food was delicious and reasonably priced

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

For anyone who hasn't visited - you must - you need a day or 2 half days to take it all in. So many contrasting planting and hard landscaping areas.

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