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“Stunning garden”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 148 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.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

If you like visiting gardens then this is a real treat & not to be missed. Plenty to see, a great place to take photo's.

Thank FrancescaH2
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The imagination that the owners have applied in creating different garden "rooms" which gives inspiration and especially I liked the "Trompe d'oeil" in hedges and planting.

Thank NorfolkRedbaron
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We visited this garden having stumbled upon details of it on the net. I arrived quit unprepared for the fantastic afternoon we spent there. Such amazing vision these owners have to have planned and planted such a wonderful range of areas, each with their own charm.
I love the way the owners have considered the vistas from different points in the garden.
They are only open for some afternoons each week.
Lovely cafe too.

Thank Scillygirl27
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Fabulous gardens that are ever changing with the seasons, something different to see every time you visit. The vistas are quite stunning and very well thought out and planned. The new walled Jubilee garden is coming along beautifully.
I have visited late summer and wished that the gardens opened before the afternoon as I could easily spend all day there.
The restaurant is not the cheapest but top quality food.
The plants for sale are very reasonably priced.
I have also attended a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangements and wreath making by Alan Grey, the owner. This was on 6/12/112 and included a fabulous hot lunch, Moroccan lamb tagine. So if you fancy a Christmas treat and demo by the very talented Alan Grey, this one is for you.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

One of my favourite UK gardens - nowhere quite like it.

Lots to see at different times of year; pleasant cafe. Check opening times before visiting.

Thank ferrocene
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