East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk

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East Ruston Old Vicarage is a must visit for visitors to Norfolk. However please don’t do what we did and arrive before opening time (a leisurely 2pm) in desperate need of tea / coffee / any old caffienne, having been victim of a powercut at our rented cottage.  Sad, desperate times they were.

We detoured to the beach for a few hours before returning and I am pleased to report that they serve tea and we cleaned them out of savoury bakes. I was also very happy to meet their gang of lhasa apsos who were hanging about the cafe area, presumably trying to nick cake crumbs.

The gardens are lovely.  You must pick up the booklet while there as the illustrated map of the grounds is a nice keepsake and extremely helpful in guiding you around.

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The garden is made up of many ‘rooms’, some of which have been positioned to ‘borrow’ a view from a distant landmark.  One of the most stunning has to be the framed view of the Happisburgh Lighthouse from the Winter Garden.  So difficult to photograph and one that really must be seen in person (an image can be seen here). My other favourite thing about this garden was the glasshouses. Er, again no pictures. Clearly we were too busy enjoying these lovely things! One housed a beautiful climbing rose and the scent was just incredible as you walked inside.

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They also have a nicely stocked nursery area where you can purchase plants. Must be a lovely place for locals to come and stock up.

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East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens / Closes for winter on 26 October / Opening times: 2 – 5.30pm

Derek Jarman’s Dungeness Garden

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We were in Camber Sands over the weekend for the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival and I couldn’t resist a quick trip to Dungeness to see Derek Jarman’s famous Prospect Cottage.  The Dungeness landscape was more than a bit bewildering for us festival weary folk and the wind was blowing a (freezing!) gale so we spent most of our trip crawling around in the car – mouths agape – only to get out to take a few iphone snaps of this lovely place.

I will be going back in the warmer months for sure.

Jardin de Majorelle – Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech

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Since this time of year is a bit dreary, I thought I would go through some of our old photos and blog places we visited prior to starting Garden Scout.

We visited Marrakech in 2009 and of course visited Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin de Majorelle. It is a must see. Marrakech is a bit of an overwhelming experience, but the garden is a peaceful haven away from all the crowds and hassle of the medina.  The place is visually stunning: the blue of the villa is an amazing backdrop for the various cacti species.

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Potters Fields Park

We passed through the garden in Potters Fields Park (near Tower Bridge in London) a few weeks ago and took these pictures.  It’s a bit of a gem of a place as the paths immediately beside the Thames were heaving with Saturday crowds and this lovely space was comparatively empty and peaceful.  The planting is fantastic with waves of colour and texture.  It was designed by Piet Oudolf, who has also worked on New York’s High Line and my favourite  Serpentine Pavilion to date.