Non-NIHGT Publications

"Recommendations on the redevelopment of Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden (CAAG)"

Compiled by Outdoor Recreation NI for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on behalf of Castlewellan Arboretum Advisory Board (CAAB) March 2016

We are pleased to make available a copy of the above valuable Report.

Click here to view the pdf copy

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C. Nelson, 2016. Kindred spirit: the autobiography of an artistic, botanical collaboration. Hortus 118 Summer 2016 pp 31-40.

Click here to go to the Hortus - A Gardening Journal web pages

The Current Issue contains a personal tribute by Dr Charles Nelson FLS VMM to his former co-author Wendy Walsh, botanical artist who died two years ago, illustrated with a portrait of Wendy by her daughter Lesley Fennel and some of Wendy's Chinese ink watercolours.

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'An Irishman's Cuttings' by E. Charles Nelson

Tales of Irish Gardens and Gardeners, Plants and Plant Hunters.

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Wild & Garden Plants of Ireland.

Paintings by Wendy F. Walsh. Text by E. Charles Nelson

Walsh, W. F. & Nelson, E. C.

London: Thames & Hudson. 2009.


The Wild Garden by William Robinson

A new illustrated edition with photographs and notes by Charles Nelson

Nelson, E. C. (editor).

Cork, The Collins Press. 2010.

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Hardy Heathers of the Northern Hemisphere: Calluna, Daboecia, Erica.

Nelson, E. C.

Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens. 2011.

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Shamrock: botany and history of an Irish myth.

Botanist Charles Nelson carried out a shamrock survey in 1988 for his book Shamrock: botany and history of an Irish myth.

“An illustrated history of the Phoenix Park landscape and management to 1880"

by John A. McCullen

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The OPW recently published a new book on the Phoenix Park entitled "An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Park, Landscape and Management to 1880".  The book is written by Dr. John A. McCullen, one of the country's foremost experts on the history of the Phoenix Park and resident OPW Superintendent of the Park since 1984.

The book is an all Irish production, commissioned by the Office of Public Works, designed by Paul Martin Communications, printed by Walsh Colour Print, Co. Kerry and bound by Celtic Press, Dundalk.

The book is on sale in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Ashtown and in the Government Publications Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 or by mail order from the Government Publications, Postal Trade Section, 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 (Tel 01-647 6834/35/36/37 or Fax 01-647 6843).

Click her for Phoenix Park web site

"The Modern Traveller to Our Past" : Papers in Honour of Ann Hamlin

In 2006 NIHGC produced a "festschrift" - A collection of essays relating to European history and archaeology, dating from the prehistoric age to 19th century in honour of Ann Hamlin. Published by DPK, Designed by April Sky and Edited by Marion Meek.

"Avenues to the Past": Essays Presented to Sir Charles Brett on His 75th Year


Hardcover – 7 Nov 2003 by Terence Reeves-Smyth (Author), Richard Oram (Author)

This beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated festschrift volume contains 27 essays written by eminent scholars and friends of Sir Charles Brett in honour of his singular contribution as an architectural historian and conservationist in Ireland. 

Contains at least it has one garden paper which relates to past work of the committee (the inventory by Belinda Jupp)

Heritage Trees of Ireland

Hardcover – 31 Oct 2013 by Aubrey Fennell  (Author), Carsten Krieger (Author), Kevin Hutchinson (Author)

Trees are one of Ireland's most precious pieces of heritage, remarkable for many reasons such as their age, size, location in the landscape, botanical attributes, aesthetic appeal, and historical and folklore connections. Ireland has a rich but threatened heritage of such trees, found in our native woodlands, historic parklands and estates, along roadsides and in hedgerows, agricultural fields and occasionally in housing estates and development sites.150 of these remarkable tress are presented here: rag trees, hanging trees, trees at holy wells, those of exceptional size or age, trees associated with historical/military events, and trees important to the community.

Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden.

The Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust are delighted to make available on our website this profusely illustrated booklet published in 2014 on the Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden.  It contains a very useful history and description the principal features of this world famous arboretum and garden with up-to--date information on the trees and shrubs in an easy-to-use pictorial format.  The text is by Sam Harrison (with help from Dr Mark Johnston and others)  and was published as part of Castlewellan Future's Project supported by HLF and Down District Council. The intension has been to highlight this magnificent garden and arboretum and support, in the author's words, 'the community of Castlewellan, garden enthusiasts and tree specialists' who 'continue to work to save and restore this horticultural and arboricultural gem'.  The NIHGT would like to add our support to these objectives and note with some satisfaction the formation from May 2015 of the Castlewellan Arboretum Advisory Board (CAAB), chaired by Mark Johnson. This body has been established to advise on a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application for Castlewellan's arboretum and garden which Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is planning to make.  The preparatory work towards this application is presently being undertaken by Outdoor Recreation NI under Clare Jones, Development Manager. 

Click here or on the title above to open LINK Castlewellan Arboretum Brochure