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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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Garden with a difference!

A very different garden with plenty to see. Not to every ones taste as it is very flamboyant. Lovely restaurant. A day with a difference!

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Marcella O
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

A very different garden with plenty to see. Not to every ones taste as it is very flamboyant. Lovely restaurant. A day with a difference!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, I confess, I am a garden lover. A fine day out for me involves either flourishing my National Trust card to gain entry to the walled garden at , or waiting for the free entry day for RHS members to the acreages at East Ruston. After strolling, exclaiming, sighing one's way through manicured flower beds and vistaed lawns, there... More 

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

The directions given on the website make the garden easy to find. It is a treat for plant lovers the variety used being diverse and the growing conditions created by the owners produce excellent specimens of plants used. The paths are mostly wide but some smaller ones for extra interest. There are plenty of benches for pausing to admire the... More 

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EastRustonOldVic, Owner at East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, responded to this review

The toilets can cope with the usage but unfortunately on the day of your visit during routine maintenance a pump switch had been turned off and not put back on. As soon as the owners were advised this was rectified and the toilets were working properly within fifteen minutes. More 

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was simply a delightful visit. The gardens varied in size but they all seemed to be different . So many plants to appreciate. I will return perhaps earlier in the season next year and take my time meandering through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is so much to say about this garden that it would need pages to do it justice. Simply to say that if you are a half keen gardener then you must go, despite it's location. It is worth a special weekend visit with an overnight stay if needs be. MAGICAL !!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second visit in ten years, because we always said we would return if we were ever again in this area. We were not disappointed as the gardens were as beautiful as we had remembered and, although there were many people in the gardens, the grounds are large enough that you never really feel you are in a... More 

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful second visit. The trees and plants have grown a lot in the 9 years since we were last there, but the gardens are still fabulous. I particularly love the use of colour and form.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is perfect! There are so many different aspects to the gardens that each turn or step through a gate unfolds a new and different spectacle to behold! It has clearly been developed from a passion and love of gardening and the space. There is no formal signage as it is a private garden shared with us but this... More 

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

A well planned garden containing many themed areas within the main garden. Lots of inspirational ideas and beautiful planting, very artistic. If you like to stroll around lovely gardens this is a must visit. Lots of very unusual plants. Bought the catalogue for £3.50 and everybody had a problem reading the map. Entrance £8.50 no concessions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not going to walk you through this because it is simple, If you like a garden - this is a must see. Have been every year for the past 6 years. A complete delight. Go on Sunny day mid May till late July. But still worth a visit when they are open. This is more advice than a... More 

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