The start of May is the best time to witness the explosion of colour at Richmond Park's Isabella Plantation.
Set within a 40 acre woodland, Isabella Plantation wows visitors each year with an awesome display of colour at the end of April and beginning of May. The colour comes mainly from the Rhododendrons, Camellias, and Azaleas, and visitors flock to take pictures along the stream paths and by the famous Still Pond. The Azaleas were introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920's by the plant collector Ernest Wilson. In fact the Plantation holds the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas.
The photos above are all images from my recent visit. More information about Isabella Plantation can be found at the Isabella Plantation Website.
All images © James Edward Hughes 2019
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