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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 152 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 June 28, 2013

as a gardener from north yorks, I'm afraid having wanted to come and see this garden for 4 years I was disappointed. Although some areas were nice I did not think £7.50 entry was a good price to pay. Read lots about it and found a very miss matched garden, A new area which was walled was planted well but the bright orange house bricks would have been better in old brick to merge into the landscape and colours of the garden, Also £3.50 for a guide is too much to pay. A small site plan shoud be given out with admission. The plant sales area was reasonably priced. also lots of weeds and not edges to the grass were cut in areas where it should have

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

A must if your in the area, but check that it is open as only open certain days in the afternoon, but well worth visiting.
Around every corner there is another surprise garden with different plantings and vistas including a stunning fountain. You are unlikely to be able to see everything in one visit, but repeat vists will be well worth while to view the different plants and flowers through the year.

1  Thank nowretire
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

I first visited East Ruston gardens about 10 years ago and on a recent visit I was impressed how much the gardens had both matured and expanded. The garden is built like a series of rooms with topary, wildflower meadow, forest of large trees, dells and a recently built walled garden. There's always something new to see at this garden which has obviously been built with love by its owners. This does not seem to be a well known garden but its really worth the effort to go and see if you are a garden lover as you'll no doubt be delighted by what you find.

To top it all off the tea room is also excellent with a lovely range of home made cakes.

1  Thank kathy M
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Unbelievable series of amazing garden rooms, plants in amazing condition, the creative thought behind this garden is mind blowing - you must not miss this

1  Thank akalegall
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were taken here by a local friend who has visited many times (also an avid gardener) and were blown away by the sheer inventiveness of the place.
A mixture of just about everything can be found here - from sunken water garden with an Oriental twist, to cottage garden, through to a quirky Shepherd's Hut alongside silver birches and huge box-lined expanses stretching across the grounds to the perimeters.
What I particularly liked was the attention to detail - a hole in a hedge through which one can spy a church in the distance. Another hedge planting trick which leads the eye to a faraway lighthouse. Very clever.
There are almost separate areas which are so diverse that they cannot fail to please even the most fussy of visitors.
There are also several small sheds/huts/ garden rooms dotted around, into which one can wander and admire the decorations and views into the garden from.
To top it all, the lovely tearoom (within a very old outhouse, walls lined in vintage gardening tools) serves good cake.
There's also a small garden centre cleverly situated on the way out, making it almost impossible to avoid spending some money in.
We went early June and the weather was abysmal (all the more reason to drink tea and eat a slab of delectable fruit cake) but I can imagine that on a sunny day it is even more spectacular.
Sadly I'm in London so won't be back for a while, but if you're in the area this place is definitely worth a visit. The passion, pride and sheer inventiveness that has gone into creating this horticultural gem cannot be missed.
Allow at least 2 hours to see it all.

5  Thank freshairfanatic
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