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“Something different”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 149 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 16, 2012

If you are in need of a change from walking, bird watching or the Broads a visit to East Ruston is a must for all gardeners no matter what time of the year. You can spend all afternoon looking round and then top it off with a visit to the cafe to sample the many home made cakes. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

I have visited twice in 2 years and this is the best garden I have visited so far. The variety of plants is wonderful, I saw many flowers that I was completely unfamiliar with, and I have visited many gardens. The Dahlias were especially good. At the time I visited, there was also some work being done on extending the garden, which I can't wait to see, when I return. There were also some nice chickens and I looked on their website and they also have a couple of alpacas now. I've never been in the cafe so don't know what that's like though, I will pop in next time I'm there. A wonderful place and you can easily spend 3 or 4 hours here. I look forward to going back.

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

this garden and house is amazing, such beautiful seasonal flowers and a fab tea room.

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

This location is all the more interesting when you realise that Alan Gray and his partner started with a blank canvas. From this they have created a variety of garden 'rooms' with lots of interesting features. A good day out from which even the expert gardener will take something. There is a good cafe and a shop from which you can get many of the plants exhibited in the garden.

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Reviewed January 27, 2012

What more can I say. This is gardening, plant collecting, landscaping, creativity and everything else in a gardeners wish list. Just the way they rear (is that the word) all the plants and produce specimens in one place that many of us would struggle to grow a handful in our lifetime. The two gentlemen who have created the place over their lifetime, (they're not old, and are good value), are a bit quirky and I get the feeling theirs is a passion for all things horticultural whish is unsurpassed.

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