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“Just amazing & definately worth a return visit”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 144 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.
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“Just amazing & definately worth a return visit”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We'd heard about this garden for a few years and how wonderful it is but nothing could really prepare us for what is behind the modest and ubiquitous Norfolk hedgerow. You truly step into another world/s inside. The owners have done an amazing job of transforming this patch of farmland into something that is much more than just a garden. It's a wonderful to spend a day.

Visited April 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Good to visit any time from March to October”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We have visited the Gardens many times and at various times of the year and there is always something new to see. There are many rare and unusual trees, plants and flowers - not to mention the stunning sculptures. When your feet are tired of walking around the large site have a rest with tea and home made cakes in the Tea Room. Don't forget to look in the Garden Shop before leaving - not many people leave without being tempted to buy a plant from the varied display.

Visited July 2013
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Sprowston, United Kingdom
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“Wow, so beautiful”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Visited here and were impressed by the beauty of the gardens. Each laid out like a small room with a different theme for each "room". The weather was mild and it was a pleasure to wander around. There is an area of chickens and one or two other animals which was also very interesting. The tearooms are small but there is both indoor and outdoor seating. The cakes looked homemade and I would recommend the carrot cake. One comment I would make is whether the staff should be handling food, drinks and money. Surely for hygiene purposes someone should be on the till while other members of staff do the catering.

Visited March 2014
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EastRustonOldVic, Owner at East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Thank you very much for your kind review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit to our garden and the cakes in the tea room. With regard to your comment about staff handling money and food, money does not provide ideal conditions for bacterial growth and the staff maintain good personal hygiene by frequently washing their hands and also avoid handling the cakes and food by using tongs.
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“A wonder of achievement”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

These gardens began modestly not so many years ago and have been added to over the decades. The structures and aspects, the plants, the rare and therefore unseen species growing healthily in such an unfriendly east coast climate are all mind boggling and well worth the trip. The café too is worth a look in.

Visited August 2013
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Harleston, Norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A gardener's delight”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

The gardens are laid out in so many "rooms". If you are not a regular visitor, get a little site map.
It is an ever changing landscape which has been developed with thought and flair.
The restaurant serves good food as well.

Visited September 2013
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