The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden

The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden

Alain Baraton Hardcover, 290 pages; 2014
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Alain Baraton has perhaps the most coveted - and most high-pressure! - job in the horticultural world: Since 1982, he's been "gardener-in-chief " at the Palace of Versailles, the stunning estate built by Louis XIV on the outskirts of Paris. In this wonderful memoir, Baraton mingles details of his own life and career with a fascinating account of the magnificent French monument, sharing a wealth of botanical knowledge, palace history, and historical gardening techniques alongside tales of mischievous tourists and the dedicated workers behind the scenes. Of course no account of life at Versailles would be complete without paying homage to André Le Nôtre, the royal gardener who transformed the sandy, barren land surrounding the palace into a park the likes of which Europe had never seen. It's a must-read for green thumbs and history buffs! (KG)

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