FREE LONDON: Centenary Azaleas in full bloom at secret garden Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park
- Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:10
- Last Updated on 19 May 2015
- Monica Costa
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It’s wrong to believe that only money can buy top entertainment. The best kind of fun is usually free. Chelsea Flower Show is surely amazing but it could be both challenging and expensive with kids without even taking into account that it is all set up and not a wild environment.
Simple activities without spending a fortune in London seem rare to find but in Spring the parks are amazing and free fun for everyone. My favourite outdoor entertainment this Spring has to be a visit to the most colourful and free flower show in town at Isabella Plantation right in the middle of Deer-paradise Richmond park.
I consider myself extremely lucky to live close enough to this incredible park. London Mums have taken some of kids club’s reporters to check out the centenary azaleas in full bloom which this month have created an explosion of colours rarely seen before in nature – even if you are a regular visitor to Isabella Plantation.
Ideally you should cycle through the park to fully enjoy the experience but remember to take your locks as bicycles are not allowed in the enclosed garden. Dogs are also not permitted so bear this in mind before heading there.
Picnics are fine but bring your own rubbish bags with you when you exit the garden as a sign of respect for this special little park.
Cameras are a must. Both myself and the London Mums’ child reporters could not stop taking pictures, as you can see in this photographic report and video review spontaneously recorded by Amelie and Diego.
If you are not familiar with Isabella Plantation, you should know that it is a 40 acre woodland garden set within a Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830’s. It was opened to the public for the first time in 1953, and is famous for its evergreen azaleas, which line the ponds and streams and at their peak of flower in late April and early May. I recommend you go this month as in June the plants return to green.
Along the little lakes which provides an incredible backdrop for colourful evocative selfies and group photos, is also a source of hours of entertainment for the children.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums