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“Gardeners delight”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 144 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.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gardeners delight”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

This is a wonderful garden worth visiting in different seasons. Plant stall is also better than most with some unusual specimens. It will take you at least three hours to do it justice.

Visited July 2011
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Diss, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic gardens - beautiful plants, shrubs and trees”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

Wherever you walk around these extensive gardens, the planning has been wonderful and the mature shrubs and plants are a delight to see. Such a labour of love and the result is well worth a visit!

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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“Something different”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

If you are in need of a change from walking, bird watching or the Broads a visit to East Ruston is a must for all gardeners no matter what time of the year. You can spend all afternoon looking round and then top it off with a visit to the cafe to sample the many home made cakes. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2011
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72 reviews
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“Exceptional Garden”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

I have visited twice in 2 years and this is the best garden I have visited so far. The variety of plants is wonderful, I saw many flowers that I was completely unfamiliar with, and I have visited many gardens. The Dahlias were especially good. At the time I visited, there was also some work being done on extending the garden, which I can't wait to see, when I return. There were also some nice chickens and I looked on their website and they also have a couple of alpacas now. I've never been in the cafe so don't know what that's like though, I will pop in next time I'm there. A wonderful place and you can easily spend 3 or 4 hours here. I look forward to going back.

Visited August 2011
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

this garden and house is amazing, such beautiful seasonal flowers and a fab tea room.

Visited August 2011
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