The lush summer gardens at the Isabella Plantation

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Get your summer kicks where you can!

While we’re hauling those extra blankies out of the linen cupboard, the lucky folk in the Northern Hemisphere are soaking up the summer sun. And where better to do that than one of London’s awesome gardens…

Located within Richmond Park, southwest of London, Isabella Plantation is a 16ha woodland of large oak trees hiding a magnificent garden characterised by numerous Rhododendron and Azalea collections as well as other rare plant and tree specimens. The garden is at its best in spring. Here are our favourite pics taken by Olivier Maurin, a senior researcher at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Enjoy!

A small stream bordered by large Azalea bushes and Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus – Arum family) in the water.

A close-up of a Rhododendron inflorescence.

A view through the Isabella Plantation with English oaks (Quesrcus robur) and Birch (Betula sp) forming the canopy.

A close-up of the magnificent Chinese native Dove-tree (Davidia involucrata, Nyassaceae family).

A spectacular specimen of Azalea in full flower with an English oak in the background.

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