At the risk of sounding like an iconoclast about this well-loved garden imagine a house full of rooms with all the rooms near the front door full of furniture and looking lived in, then as you get further into the house the rooms gradually become empty with an abandoned air. This is what visiting East Ruston is like: the gardens near the house are an inspirational riot of colour and delightfully well kept. Those further away, like the Mediterranean garden, start to look distinctly weedy and then there are the confusing gardens near the boundary which are no more than high hedges surrounding a series of lawns.
Arrive at 1pm and allow yourself at least 2 hours to find your way round this maddening garden as there isn't a map. Given that it covers 30 acres with lots of gardens within the garden this should be an essential handout to every visitor. After a couple of hours on a hot day we gave up, still not sure if we had seen everything.
The tearoom was a welcome retreat out of the sun and the lady that served us couldn't have been nicer. The tea and cakes were reasonably priced.
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