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“A garden for non-gardeners” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 140 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.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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“A garden for non-gardeners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

First up, I really can't stand gardening, so the thought of paying £8.00 to wander through someone else’s did not fill me with enthusiasm. Have to say that, though I still really can’t abide gardening, this garden is well worth visiting. It's almost like wandering through film sets, from formal garden to desert setting and back again. Give it a go, even if, like me, you can't stand gardening.

Visited April 2014
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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

I love this garden ,I garden for a job so l love to see other peoples gardens ,the rose garden here is fantastic roses are my passion so to see so many in one place is a dream ,you can spend hours just wondering round and the tea room does good cakes

Visited October 2013
Thank Linda M
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited the Old Vicarage Garden yesterday with friends and had a wonderful afternoon. The garden is really beautiful and the tulips at this time were especially colourful and plentiful. It is 10 years since our last visit and this is certainly a garden which doesn't stand still with lots more planting and hard landscaping. We were all inspired to take ideas home. It was amazing to see banana plants growing only a mile or so from the North Sea. The owners have also added some livestock to the grounds with alpacas and a number of different breeds of chickens. We were able to take advantage of the warm weather and have tea and scones in the garden, very reasonably priced and thoroughly enjoyable. We run a B & B and will certainly be recommending the Old Vicarage Garden to our guests. We will make sure it is not another 10 years before we return.

Visited April 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Garden so full of changes and inspiration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is a must if you are in the area as the garden is just so beautiful,you can even buy a season ticket so that you can visit the garden as it changes with the season very good value . The coffee shop,is also lovely home made cakes

Visited September 2013
Thank Helen W
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16 reviews
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“Just amazing & definately worth a return visit”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank h_armstrong
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