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.
Journey through the fields to discover a magical park-within-a-park – and right now, it’s pinker than the Plastics on a Wednesday or the Barbie movie! The azaleas are fleetingly in flower, so feast your eyes on this fabulous fuschia before it’s gone forever. Or, at least until next year…
Because seriously… just look at that! You’ll be pinching yourself if you don’t get a chance to check it out. And with late April and early May being the ideal time to view them, you should be running to view them now!
It’s a favourite spot of Hedge Doggos (and yes, that’s the official term for them).
Wander around for long enough and you’re sure to find your fair share of hidden secrets and forgotten burblers…
As well as some gorgeous mirror-ed vistas…
And we can’t forget about the fairy tunnels that are dotted around the area. They truly do provide a magical framing for shots.
More than just azaleas
It’s not just about the pink-petalled delights at the Isabella Plantation, however, with tons of gorgeous floral sights to take in. There are, for example, many gorgeous fields of bluebells.
And what would a fancy display like this be without some equally fancy ducks? Fortunately, there are plenty to spot for duck watchers and floral fanatics at the Isabella Plantation.
But we know that the azaleas sure are a prized sight. So we reckon it’s about time you grab a pink-lovin’ pal…
And head to the Isabella Plantation to get lost amongst the verdant display. And with 40 acres to explore, get lost you very well might!
While late April and early May are the best times for the psychedelic display of rhododendrons and azaleas, there’s plenty more floral action throughout the year for all you late bloomers.
Worried about the walk? Richmond Park operates a free minibus service that runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from April 5 to November 29, between 9:25am and 4:20pm. The minibus has disabled access and can ferry visitors to and from all Richmond Park car parks, as well as the Ladderstile Gate, Richmond Gate, Pembroke Lodge and Isabella Plantation. So there’s virtually no excuse not to get thee among the blooms!
Also published on Medium.