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East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

An exotic coastal garden with traditional borders, exotic garden, desert wash, sunk garden, topiary, water features, walled and Mediterranean gardens. There are many unusual plants and plant combinations, wild flower meadows, old fashioned cornfield, vegetable and cutting gardens. Alan Gray gives private guided tours on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at a cost of £30 per person including lunch.

East Ruston, nr Stalham, Norfolk, England, NR12 9HN

Late March to late October. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 2pm to 5.30pm.

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  • almost 3 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    My family and I visited the gardens on 03/08/2013. It was a fantastic day and around each corner was another delight. The garden is beautifully maintained and it is an adventure to explore. It was a joy to walk around and nice to see so many butterflies and bees about.

    The cakes served in the cafe were lovely, my only complaint was how long it took to be served. It was not that busy and I was served by 2 people who seemed to be all over the place and getting in each others way.
  • almost 6 years by Adam Hodge 5 / 5

    I think this place merits a 6 star ranking !

    Whilst it is, as the owners have been compelled to create, quite an intense inward looking garden with a huge propensity for contained spaces, it has been designed, for my money, with impeccably good taste and fabulous planting styles. Nothing is naff. it is bursting excellent detail and ideas.

    I'm going to have to revisit this garden soon !
    If you havent been to this garden, go !!
  • about 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    An rich and varied garden with something different to see on every visit. Some inspired planting schemes in many different styles. Very good local self catering local accommodation at with free tickets to the gardens!
  • almost 8 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    Fascinating place to see a whole range of plants growing in unusual coastal conditions. Very much the owners taste which can be a little hectic but good to visit when the Hydrangea's are out
  • about 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Probably one of the most important contemporary gardens in England. Worth a visit at any time of the year as there is always something exciting to be seen.

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Apples in Blossom, East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden Photograph © Maitland
Sculpture in Desert Wash, East Ruston Vicarage Garden Desert Wash. Photograph © East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Ruston vicarage2 Courtesy Ruston Vicarage
Eastruston exoticgarden Exotic Garden. Photograph © East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, 2010 Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
East Ruston, Summer Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Fountain, East Ruston Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
East Ruston, August Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Arch, East Ruston Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood