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"The Landscape and Social Evolution of the Phoenix Park" by John McCullen - Old Drogheda Society lecture, Wed 1 May 2013

Event Date

Wednesday, 1 May 2013 - 8:15pm

Old Drogheda Society Lecture

"The Landscape and Social Evolution of the Phoenix Park"

by John McCullen


Wed 1 May 2013  8:15pm


This lecture will explore the historic landscapes of the Phoenix Park from its formation in 1662 to the present time. This will include looking at some of the famous ceremonial trees planted in grounds of the Presidential Demesne from the first recorded tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1853 to some more recent ones planted by Queen Elizabeth II of England and President Obama of the United States. Also some of the Park's more famous monuments and buildings including Decimus Burton's landscape and architectural works from the 1830s to the 1850s.


Drogheda man, John McCullen is a landscape horticulturist and landscape historian. He is author of "An illustrated history of the Phoenix Park - landscape and management to 1880" which covers the landscape management and development of the Phoenix Park for which he was awarded a PhD from the History of Art Department, Trinity College Dublin. He was formerly Chief Park Supt. with the Office of Public Works. He also co-authored a Manual of Urban Trees which was published in the 1980s as well as contributing to a number of other books.