The Japanese Garden in Regent’s Park

Japanese Garden in Regent's ParkI’ve travelled all over London to visit obscure Japanese gardens in out of the way places, but all the time I never realised there was one much closer to home – in Regent’s Park, no less. It’s part of Queen Mary’s Garden and it’s not just a garden, it’s a whole island. In case you’ve missed it too, let me take you on a short tour.

Queen Mary’s Garden was planted in the 1930’s but the Japanese garden, the lake and the mound made from the excavations predates that – it was part of the garden of the Royal Botanical Society and was constructed in the 1850’s.

You cross to the island over a bow bridge which at this time of year is covered in wisteria.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

In Japan, wisteria viewing in early May is almost as popular as cherry blossom viewing in April, so it was lovely to see some in London.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

There are then a series of winding paths which lead you past a stone lantern and over gurgling streams, interspersed with a verity of shrubs and flowering plants.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

The island also gives you a views across the lake, overhung with willow and tranquil in the spring sunshine.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

The waterfall is reminiscent of the waterfall in the Kyoto garden at Holland Park. (though, to be fair, the Regent’s Park one came first).

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

You can climb to the top of the mound from which the waterfall descends and look down at the island from above.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

There’s a little open space at the top with a seat to rest on with some interesting plants around it – can anyone tell me what this one is?

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

There’s very little information on the Eagle sculpture next to the island. It was presented to the Royal Parks in 1974 and dates from the early 19th century. It’s thought to be Japanese, which is presumably why they put it there. It’s Grade II listed.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

I’ll be going back to see how the garden changes over the seasons (it looks like there will be hydrangeas in flower soon, and yellow irises were just coming out), and, of course, to visit the rose garden when it blooms in about a months time.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

You can find the Japanese Garden just inside the Jubilee Gates. Take the tube to Baker Street and it’s a short walk from there.

Japanese Garden in Regent's Park

15 thoughts on “The Japanese Garden in Regent’s Park

  1. The garden is just round the corner for me as I live in Swiss Cottage. It’s a very lovely place.
    And I look forward to visiting it again soon. Thanks for reminding me of what’s on my doorstep!

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  5. Lovely pictures and thank you, I’m a Londoner and have never visited this garden so it’s on my list for 2017. The plant, as I expect u know by now, is Mahonia Japonica. Winter flowering and very fragrant. Thanks again.

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