Paxton 150 memorial tree planting Crystal Palace Park, Joseph Paxton died in 1865 and to mark the 150th anniversary of his death, the Landscape Institute London Branch sponsored planting a tree in Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham on Saturday 5 December. We chose a Tilia x europaea because it is not so favoured nowadays.This followed the LI North West Branch’s similar commemoration at Birkenhead Park one week earlier.
Joseph Paxton was the most famous landscape gardener of Victorian times. Gardener to the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth, where he developed the arboretum and the woods around. He was also designer of Birkenhead Park of 1847, which so impressed Frederick Law Olmsted (of New York’s Central Park fame). Paxton was also designed the Crystal Palace of 1851, first in Hyde Park, and then rebuilt as a centrepiece of his Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham. MP for Coventry, he was also a director of major railway companies and made a fortune in railway development. In Charles Dicken’s words, echoing Thomas Carlyle, he was a “Great Man”.