East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden is a privately owned garden found in East Ruston, Norfolk. Located north east of Norwich, near the Norfolk coast, this creatively designed garden features many rare species of plants, flowers and trees.
The gardens were established in 1973 by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, who have created a 32-acre design that incorporates innovative planting alongside a traditional formal designs.
Surrounded by arable prairie, the gardens are protected from harsh onshore wind by a shelter belt of Monterey Pine trees. This creates an ideal micro-climate for the exotic plants in the garden.
Notable are the tree ferns, succulents and palms that surround the house. There are also Californian Desert Washes, an Exotic Garden with a water sculpture and a large cornfield sown with a selection of native but now scarce weeds such as Cornflower, Poppy and Corn Marigold.
The gardens contain an interesting collection of sculptures by local artists as well as many architectural features. The garden is spread over a large area, with so much to see. It is recommended that you explore the garden in the sequence set out in the illustrated map of the helpful guide to make sure that you see everything.
There is so much to see and it is easy to find yourself drawn off course to explore through an archway here or a doorway there. However you choose to view the garden you can be sure that it will be a satisfying experience.
You can also join guided tours, garden master classes and other events held throughout the summer season. At Christmas, the Garden hosts a special winter event.
The East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden open Wednesday to Sunday 12-5:30pm, making it an ideal place to visit as part of a weekend break in Norfolk.