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“Beautiful walk in the gardens”

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 August 22, 2013

The vicarage gardens was a suprise trip that someone planned for me. It was about a half hour drive from Norwich just past Wroxham.

The gardens are only open for a few hours at a time but this is plenty enough time to look around. There was a wealth of wildlife including a snake in one of the ponds eating a frog!

There was a cat which I presume belonged to the owners which was so friendly I was tempted to take him home!

There were huge amounts of different plants and animals in the gardens.

The gardens are really big so Id recommend that you buy the guide or print off the map from the website first. It was so surrene and peaceful in the gardens. There are plenty of beautiful photos to take.

A definate place to visit if you are in the area but do check the opening days and times as the gardens are only open for a set period of the year.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon in this beautiful garden, came away with lots of ideas, and a few plants from the sales area.
Its most take a lot of hard work to keep the garden looking so fresh, well done to all concerned.
This must be one of Norfolk's finest gardens ???

1  Thank joel h
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This garden is a triumph of design with quirkiness, humour and originality combining with the use of some rare and unusual plants to give the visitor a pleasing experience. Having visited several times now it does not fail to make us smile. Although this visit did leave me with the thought that quality could suffer as the gardens expand. It certainly features in our top five UK gardens to visit and anyone contemplating a visit should not hesitate to go and experience the exuberance. The opening time does make it a bit tight to get round the garden , have tea and browse the plant sales area and a map with the entry fee would help navigation.

2  Thank Londoner3
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was our first visit to the Old Vicarage and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. What fun Alan and Graham have had, realising their extraordinary vision for this place! I left feeling newly inspired. Personally, I loved the 'over the topness' of some of the gardens and decorative features. The planting exuded energy, colour, humour and joy. A refreshing change from the tired formality and predictability of many other gardens.

2  Thank shani33
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We went here on recommendation, and it exceeded our expectations. From the moment you enter, it is clear that it has a magical quality. The plants are astonishing, and the creativity breathtaking. As it is set in over 30 acres, it is impossible to see everything in one afternoon, but as you walk through a series of "rooms", new vistas open up in the distance. Cannot praise it highly enough - good cake too!

3  Thank jolin01
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