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“Lovely gardens”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 144 things to do in Norwich
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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.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Lovely gardens”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The gardens are very nice and not too busy. There are some lovely views so take a camera! Tea, cakes etc are excellent. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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“Just amazing......”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you have only a passing interest in gardens....GO!
The size, the vision, the quality of workmanship, the variety....the investment!.....just GO!
It involves a bit of driving to get there, but well worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Be there at opening time for you will need all afternoon to explore the best open gardens in East Anglia.
Laid out as a series of themed rooms or spaces. Getting bigger and better every year. Welcoming staff, and the resident animals are very friendly too. Plenty of car parking, good tea shop. Plants for sale as well.
Plenty of seats to rest tired legs during all that walking.

Visited September 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“even i was impressed!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Look on my list of things to do wandering round gardens is not high on the list! And when my wife told me the cost - being a natural cheapskate - I blanched a little! But ........ I was very impressed and enjoyed the gardens a lot - the range of things to admire, the imaginative plantings and architecture and the vistas. For years I have been cycling past the gardens and had no ideas what was there - it does have an element of the secret gardens. One specially nice aspect was that it was a summer of downpours and yet we could find shelter in the woods and features and continue to enjoy our visit. So put your prejudice to one side - if you have one - and enjoy .... and the tea room was good!

Visited August 2012
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“oasis in norfolk”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Our favourite garden.if you havent visited it -go! The tea room is pretty special too! Great afternoon out!

Visited October 2012
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