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Richmond Park

Isabella Plantation

 


Isabella Plantation @ Richmond Park
Richmond Park, London's largest Royal Park, is famous for its large herds of roaming deer (around 650 of 'em at last count). But did you know that it is also home to Isabella Plantation, one of London's best kept secrets?

The hidden garden is actually located just a stone's throw away from the herds of grazing deer on the adjacent field. Described as an "ornamental woodland garden," the wildlife habitat is protected from the deer within a fenced area. Filled with exotic flowering plants, shrubs, trees, streams, ponds, butterflies, dragonflies, and birds, Isabella Plantation is a beautiful, relaxing place to stroll and be with nature.

Visitors must walk through the wrought-iron "Isabella Plantation" gates to enter the magical garden oasis. Stepping stones and garden paths lead to one of our favorite spots — Thomson's Pond, surrounded by weeping willows and filled with water lilies. Depending on the time of year you visit, there's always something new to see. It's a real treat for garden lovers and bird-watchers alike!



The habitat's resident bird species include the Redpoll, Bullfinch, Woodpecker, Sparrow Hawk and Tawny Owl. See water fowl too — Pintail, Tufted Duck, Pochard, and Mandarin Duck.

What To See When

Springtime
During Spring, the garden is filled with Camellias, Magnolias, Daffodils and Bluebells. From late April, Azaleas (the garden has 15 known varieties of them) and Rhododendrons (50 different species) are flowering. Visiting birds during the spring include the Wood Warbler, Redstart and Whitethroat. It's no wonder that this is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Isabella Plantation.

Summer
Summer months are also a great time to stroll through the garden — see Japanese Irises and Day Lilies. Visiting birds during summer months include the Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher.

Fall
Fall (autumn) colors are spectacular — Acer trees' leaves are turning a beautiful shade of red. The Fall also brings Guelder Rose, Rowan and Spindle trees filled with berries. Bird-watchers may catch a glimpse of Green Sandpipers.

Winter
Even in the winter, there's plenty of color at Isabella Plantation — early Camellias (single and double blooms in white, pink and reds) and Rhododendron, Mahonia, winter-flowering Heathers and Stinking Hellebore. Bundle up warm and enjoy being in the brisk outdoors. Bird-watchers may see Siskin and Reed Bunting during the winter months.



Isabella Plantation Guided Walks
and Garden Walks

Enjoy complimentary 90-minute Guided Walks and Garden Walks around Isabella Plantation throughout the year.

Park Hours
Richmond Park is open year-round
Summer: 7am-dusk
Winter: 7:30am-dusk

Park Admission
Admission to Isabella Plantation (and Richmond Park) is free.

Directions
Richmond Park has six parking areas, all clearly marked on the maps. Visit Isabella Plantation website for more detailed info on parking and public transportation.

NOTE: No parking is allowed on the roads or grassland. There is a disabled-badge-holders only car park for the Isabella Plantation, access via Ham Cross. Other visitors should use the Broomfield Hill car park.

Google Map of Isabella Plantation
and Richmond Park

More Info
Isabella Plantation
+44 (0)300-061-2200

See more Isabella Plantation Pictures

Read about our visit to Isabella Planation
(article on Love to Eat and Travel Blog)

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Isabella Plantation wrough-iron gates, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Pond at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Pond and trees at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

The center of Isabella Plantation garden, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Winter Heather Garden at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Winter heather at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Lush plants at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Pochard (water fowl) in pond at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Stepping stones at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Herds of grazing deer at Richmond Park, near Isabella Plantation, London - copyright L. Silberstein

Sunset at Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, London - copyright L. Silberstein



Isabella Plantation Pictures

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