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Isabella Plantation

Get thee to Richmond’s gorgeous Isabella Plantation right away, which is currently at peak pinkness.

You might know Richmond Park for its grassy expanses, woodland bits and wild deer. As one of London’s biggest and wildest parks, it’s a smashing spot for a sunny day out. But what you may not have noticed on previous visits is a secret garden in the heart of the park, known as the Isabella Plantation.

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Isabella Plantation
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Journey through the fields to discover a magical park-within-a-park – and right now, it’s pinker than the Plastics on a Wednesday. The azaleas are fleetingly in flower, so feast your eyes on this fabulous fuschia!

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Isabella Plantation
Photo: @richardmiers

It’s a favourite spot of Hedge Doggos…

Isabella Plantation
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Popular with Fancy Ducks…

Isabella Plantation
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And obviously, the spiritual home of Nature Ladies.

Isabella Plantation
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At the Isabella Plantation, you’ll find Long Burblers…

Isabella Plantation
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But also Splashy Mirrors…

Isabella Plantation
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Fairy Tunnels…

Isabella Plantation
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And also Baby Bluebies.

Isabella Plantation
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When the azaleas are in bloom, there’s no prettier place to be.

Isabella Plantation
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(Especially when combined with a little wildlife-spotting)

Isabella Plantation
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So grab a pink-lovin’ pal…

Isabella Plantation
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Fix yourself an Insta-perfect picnic…

Isabella Plantation
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And get yourself lost!

Isabella Plantation
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Late April and early May are the best times for the psychedelic display of rhododendrons and azaleas, so don’t delay – but there’s plenty more floral action throughout the year for all you late bloomers.

Location: Richmond Park, Kingston-upon-Thames. It’s a 35-minute walk (mostly through the park) from Norbiton station. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: generally early morning ’til dusk, so 7:30am – 8:00pm during summer, we think. Keep an eye on Instagram to ensure peak pinkness.
Price: entirely free to visit!
More information: from their website.

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