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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

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Address: East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
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The garden is open from 29th March to 24th October 2015 on Wednesday,...

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.

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Visited at the end of April and garden was not at its best but it was a great place to visit. Once the flowers and plants are out it will be spectacular. That said it was a good... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having had a wonderful walk around the beautiful gardens on a glorious sunny day we stopped for lunch at the cafe. It wasn't busy and having ordered three ploughman's and a quiche we were given a number for our table and sat outside waiting and waiting and waiting. Three times we went inside to find out where our lunch was... More 

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Limoges, France
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited at the end of April and garden was not at its best but it was a great place to visit. Once the flowers and plants are out it will be spectacular. That said it was a good experience to walk round and explore. There is a cafe and it provides drinks and cakes which was all very good. There... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit and a look, amazing garden, you can also buy the plants that they show in their shop. Cafe available although we didn't visit this.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Give yourself plenty of time to view everything and make sure the batteries are fully charged in your camera.

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A lovely way to spend an afternoon - plenty to see so allow yourselves plenty of time. Nice to finish with a cake and drink in the café.

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Norwich
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner and I go here at least twice a year, for a plant fair and a visit of the whole garden. If you don't or can't go to the Chelsea Flower Show, this is just as good and probably better.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited at the weekend lovely to just wander around taking in the planting schemes and coming across unexpected vistas and sculptures. We started by having tea and delicious cakes and finished in the same way! One disappointing thing was that the plant centre didn't have the plants that we'd identified in the garden as wanting to purchase.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I go to this garden every year and try to make a point of going at different times but I love it most when the tulips are blooming. I love the different 'rooms' in this garden that showcase different planting styles as well as the sculptural fountain and the views to the lighthouse and church.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We go here every year and sometime two ot three times depending what friends or relative come to stay with us, but yesterday with relatives we went and I was really dissapointed the spring flowers were finishing and summer flowers not out and pots were empty but they still charge full price to get in, we will go again later... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on a windy and cold Sunday in May you can still find areas of tranquility in these gardens. Whilst not at their best due to it being early in the season, there is still much to be seen and enjoyed in the gardens. Would certainly return at another time to see more plants in bloom

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