27th November 2013
Joseph Paxton (1803-65) was not only a very talented landscape gardener, but also an innovative designer. Paxton had been building large glass houses at Chatsworth, (where he was employed by the Duke of Devonshire) since the early 1830s.
Paxton had developed his knowledge of horticulture and glass house construction and had come up with some highly innovative designs based upon his understanding of plant forms. The knowledge and expertise Paxton acquired at Chatsworth was eventually used in his design for the Crystal Palace, a huge structure of glass and cast iron.