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“Lots to see and all stunning”

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ranked #2 of 148 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 23 June 2014

On arrival I was amazed at just how full the large car park was, it seemed like a very popular attraction. On entering I could see why.

I was immediately met with beautiful colourful beds of flowers and shrubs and as you twist your way around the themed gardens there's more and more to see and experience. In fact we did get a bit lost at one point but wherever you ended up it was stunning. It was helped by being a warm fine day.

The place seemed to be kept well maintained and I did not begrudge parting with £8 as it must take a lot of time and effort to keep up with this vast estate. All lawns were mowed and trees and hedges clipped. I could not fault it and it was perfect to test out my new camera!

We finished with a lovely cup of tea and slice of homemade cake which did not disappoint.

My two criticisms are that you really should be provided with a map included in the price. There was an expensive brochure but we just needed a rough guide. Secondly the outside garden furniture for the tea rooms was 'weathered' but not in a good way! They were not inviting at all.

Overall though a very pleasant experience and we will definitely revisit.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is my second visit to East Ruston. Good to visit in early summer as last time we were much later. a garden full of surprises, unusual plants and great landscape architecture creating stunning vistas. Nice tearoom and good plant sales area. Highlights are many, but The Desert Wash designed to resemble Arizona was stunning and I particularly liked the decorative vegetable gardens, huge flower pots near the house and the magnificent fountain in the Exotic Garden designed to resemble a huge water spout. a truly wonderful outing and highly recommended.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Upon the recommendation of the Tourist Information in Wroxham we visited the gardens & were not disappointed. We wandered from area to area and each time saw something different. I particularly enjoyed the way that you got glimpses of Happisburgh lighthouse through gaps in the trees/hedges & the local church was also similarly framed! Well worth future visits.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Nothing to dislike - this is an enchanting garden which is different at every turn. A very exciting place to visit (and I'm a non-gardener!) I would just love to come back asap as there is so, so much to absorb. These guys are geniuses!!

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Wow, what a lovely place, I am so glad we went out of our way to find these gardens. The two guys who have created this place certainly knew what they were doing. From the fabulous tea rooms to the wonderfully laid out gardens. Lots of places to just sit and relax. Definitely well worth a visit.

1  Thank LJ3007
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