Alan in Wonderland: East Ruston Old Vicarage

I knew East Ruston Old Vicarage in Norfolk would be special. What I hadn’t appreciated is that what Alan Gray and Graham Robeson have created is a great evolving work of creative genius. More reminiscent of a work of art by Hockney and Escher than a garden.

My mouth was agog at everything from the second I stepped out of my car. Immediately transported to Beverley Hills, then, to Wonderland! The scale. I couldn’t take it all in. There are sprinklings too of the personal throughout, evidence that this is a much loved and lived in place.

Half way through I had to stop and collect my thoughts. I felt like I was privileged to be in the private garden of someone creating a masterpiece like Biddulph Grange or Great Dixter, yet so very different from these. I still can’t comprehend it all from one visit.

Between the stunning tropical gardens near the entrance and the newly created experimental areas – literally works of modern art – lies a view to a lighthouse. Upon seeing this it was confirmed that wonderful minds are at work here. I can’t wait to go back in the height of summer.

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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