A London Secret: Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

One of the many joys of London is to go to Isabella Plantation in late April or early May and see the azaleas in bloom and the garden is full of colors that are reflected in the water of the ponds. However, you can visit this garden at any time of the year, there are always things to discover.

The Isabella Plantation is located in a corner of the Richmond Park, it is a garden created in 1831 in a marshy area and includes in addition to many azaleas also camellias, rhododendrons and uncommon bushes and trees. It is interesting to see how certain plants typical of the British Isles grow next to Japanese or Chinese plants.

Much of what you see now dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, the pond was in fact dug in 1960. The stream was dug in 1989 and is now surrounded by ferns and aquatic plants. Free admission and don’t forget to bring your camera.

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