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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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forget planting rules, Alan and Graham have created an amazing micro climate inspirational garden attraction

I have been a member here for nearly 10 years and every year Alan and Graham add something... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Paul R
Norwich, United Kingdom
An unforgettable experience

A friend and I visited this privately-owned garden which is open to the public, both in springtime... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rosanne H
Norwich, United Kingdom
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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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East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN, England
+44 1692 650432
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been a member here for nearly 10 years and every year Alan and Graham add something intriguing in garden inspiration. (garden open to non-members) Spend a few hours exploring and enjoy brilliant home made food in fabulous grounds

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I visited this privately-owned garden which is open to the public, both in springtime and in the autumn. Both visits were delightful. The very large garden is divided up into different areas and there is always something there to surprise and delight,...More

Thank Rosanne H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favourite gardens to visit, it is so carefully and artisticly designed, with many different areas to see. Stunning at any time of the year!

Thank Nick H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is stunning! I have been three times so far and every time it has the WOW factor for me. Beautiful plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, fountain, gardens...so many different types of all the above. I have been with family members. I wouldn't recommend it...More

Thank Kimbles71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible gardens with so much colour and variety in the types of garden ranging from tropical to English country. Basically there's a garden there for everyone to enjoy in such peaceful and serene surroundings.

1  Thank brianmorton34
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you are not a keen gardener you will find areas that will please the eye. I like to visit different seasons, never been disappointed.

1  Thank Christina B
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I didn't know what to expect from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens and to be honest, I was slightly underwhelmed when we started our tour in September 2017. As we progressed through the different areas of the garden though, almost like walking from one room...More

2  Thank belgianreader
Reviewed 7 November 2017

First visit here and wish I had been sooner. A wonderful garden to wander through - must go back again.

Thank Caroline P
Reviewed 7 November 2017

It's like entering someone's large(very large!) garden,full of everything you've ever wanted to grow,and in abundance. For example:you want to see an hydrangea?Fine.How about a couple more? Fine. How about two hundred:all different! It's amazing . And that's just hydrangea.Add to that literally hundreds of...More

Reviewed 7 November 2017

East Ruston is an amazing garden with a huge variety of plants and interest at all times of the year. There is always something new and innovative and so worth a visit.

Thank kgray_860792
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Lisa F
10 December 2017|
Response from Sarah V |
hi, please give me a ring on 01692 650432 and I can help you.
8 May 2017|
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Response from EastRustonOldVic | Property representative |
Hello, It should not restrict your enjoyment of the garden. The garden is about 95% accessible by wheelchair.