Isabella Plantation

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

Located in the gardens are the National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920's by the plant collector Ernest Wilson), large collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, plus many other rare and unusual trees and shrubs which provide interest all year round.

Part of the parklands conservation designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run on organic principles. Native plants commonly grow alongside exotics throughout the Plantation. Perimeter and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and shelter for birds, bats and insects. The Plantation's ponds and stream provide additional habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.

Over the past few years, Isabella Plantation has received significant investment from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds to improve biodiversity and increase access.

Visitor information

Information for visitors to the Isabella Plantation including opening times and how to get here.


Monthly plant diaries

Find out about the best plants to view, and where they can be found in the garden each month. Search by month and get a taste of the garden’s spectacular seasonal plant displays.


Search the plant collection

Search the photographic archive for more information about the range of plants available within the garden.


Biodiversity in the Isabella Plantation

Learn more about the different habitats within the Plantation, and the plants and wildlife the garden supports.


History of the Isabella Plantation

Learn about the history of the Isabella Plantation


Maps, guides and resources

Access a range of maps, leaflets and resources showing suggested activities and walks along Isabella Plantation’s accessible trails.


Isabella Plantation Access Project

Find out more about the development of the access project and improvements made to the Isabella Plantation as a result of a Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ award. Search the history of the project through the relevant documents, plans and public consultation records.


Tread Lightly

We would like you to enjoy your visit to Isabella Plantation but please help to protect and conserve the Plantation for this and future generations of visitors by observing a few simple rules.