Crystal Palace Park had Paxton’s building as its centrepiece
To mark the 150th anniversary of Joseph Paxton's death in 1865, the Landscape Institute London Branch planted a tree in Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham on Saturday 5 December. This followed the North West Branch’s similar commemoration at Birkenhead Park one week earlier.
Paxton, who was the most famous landscape gardener of Victorian times, designed the Crystal Palace which stood first in Hyde Park and then became the centrepiece of Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham.. He designed Birkenhead Park in1847, which was hugely influential as it impressed Frederick Law Olmsted who went on to design New York’s Central Park