Video released of Isabella Plantation

The Royal Parks have released a video of Isabella Plantation, nestled in the vast expanse of Richmond Park, to coincide with Garden Day (10th May 2020).

During the pandemic, Isabella is temporarily closed to the public, so The Royal Park has released a 60 second, never before seen video, so that people can still get their fix from the comfort of their home and enjoy the peace and beauty of this special area of the park.

In spring Isabella is ablaze with colour as bluebells carpet the woodland floor and azaleas and rhododendrons put on a bewitching display of vivid pinks, purples and reds. The start of May heralds peak flowering season and as we cannot make our annual pilgrimage to witness this kaleidoscope of colour the video enables us to capture that beauty from our homes.

Jo Scrivener, Assistant Park Manager at Richmond Park said: “We’ve had lots of people get in touch to ask if we could share photos of Isabella Plantation as it’s so spectacular at this time of year.

The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland planted in the 1830s. First opened to the public in 1953, it is best known for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and are at their best flowering period in late April and May.

Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced from Japan in the 1920s by plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees. The video is available to view below.


You can find out more about the gardens here.

Richmond Park Master Picture/video credits: All images/video strictly ©The Royal Parks – video credit The Royal Parks/Greywolf Studios.