East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is a notable privately owned garden in the county of Norfolk
OPENING DATES 2017
The garden will open on Sunday 26th March and close on Saturday 28th October.
The garden and tea room is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 1pm to 5.30pm.
The Tea Room opens at 1pm - please see Tea Room page for details.
Adult £8.50. Children £1.00 (3-14 years).
Season Ticket £25.50. Private Visit £15.00 (minimum cost £300 or 20 people)
The Garden can be hired as a wedding reception venue, please contact us if you would like to discuss this.
1st and 2nd March - a chance to see the garden before we open for the season. Alan Gray will give a guided tour followed by lunch £45per person.
Guided tours by Alan Gray (including lunch) take place on the following dates:
Dates: 4h May, 1st June, 6th July, 13th July, 3rd August, 10th August and 7th September.
£45.00 per person.
DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE GARDEN
Limited places available, please book early.
Alan Gray also gives guided tours to private groups with a minimum of 15 people.
GARDEN EVENT Saturday 10th June
Summer Party 11th July. A unique chance to see the garden in the evening. Wine and canapes are served in the garden throughout the evening. £26 per person.
East Ruston Old Vicarage
When we first came to the Old Vicarage there was no garden whatsoever, it was a blank canvas. This was no bad thing because it afforded us the opportunity to vent our creativity. Every garden was designed entirely by ourselves as were the various buildings, our sole aim has been to try and enhance the setting of our home.
One of our great joys is to see the pleasure the garden brings to visitors, everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them.
Throughout the garden you will see many rare and unusual plants growing. We endeavour to propagate from these in small numbers so that they may be purchased from the plant sales area. Many of these rare varieties are difficult or slow to increase, so if you see a plant growing in the garden that you would like, do ask, we may have some tucked away.
Our garden lies 1½ miles from the North Sea in an exposed prairie landscape containing large arable fields. Many of the wildlife habitats have long been swept away and we have endeavoured throughout the garden to replace these by the planting of mixed hedgerows, banks, wildflower areas and ponds.
The soil here is of excellent quality, a light sandy loam with a neutral pH. Due to the maritime influence the garden suffers little in the way of serious frost damage and we have planted large shelter belts of Pinus radiata, the Monterey Pine, Alnus cordata, the Italian alder and many Eucalyptus. This enhances the garden’s unique microclimate which enables us to grow such a huge range of plants.