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“A gardeners inspiration”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 149 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.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I have been visiting these gardens for nearly 7 years and have taken the value for money annual membership as I love this place so much and I visit typically once a week in season. The tea room is a must visit with scrummy home made cakes and savouries with nice relaxing seating areas. Every year, there are different gardens being created or re-created and there is so much to see that is inspiring for gardeners. Definitely well worth a visit or two or three!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

What A Place Not Only Are The Gardens Excellent But The Tea Room Is Also Good, Nice Surroundings, Lovely Cup Of Tes And Also Great Cakes, The Gentlemen Who Lives Here And Owns It Have Done An Excellent Job And Should Be Proud, Well Done,Everyone Should Visit This Establishment

1  Thank milkate
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The garden is placed round the Old Vicarage at East Ruston and is nearly on the coast. The garden was a flat area of land when the house was bought over 20 years ago, but anyone seeing it then and now would never believe it was the same place. There are so many garden rooms that it is easy to miss one - or two - or three, which makes it a good excuse to go back again and again. The owners are continually adding to their land area which is making a rod for their own backs, but they seem happy enough with it, although what will happen when they can no longer manage the garden must be a worry for them.
I heard about this garden in a review in the RHS's magazine "The Garden" about 15 years ago and have wanted to visit ever since. I can confirm that it is one of those "must see" gardens.

2  Thank Clive R
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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.

1  Thank Ashleyfairway
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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

Thank Linda M
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