Have you been wondering whether The Gardener of Versailles is the next book to join your library? Well, I’ve finished it at last (amongst reading other books) and I loved it.
I recommend this book if you are interested in history, gardens, France or enjoy and appreciate reading about other people’s life achievements. Alain Baraton’s insider view and personal recount reveal a different side of this World Heritage listed site.
This is a very gentle and informative story from Alain Baraton who is truly passionate about gardening, the history and the future prospect of “his” internationally renowned garden, Versailles. The garden of Versailles comes to life with its own soul through Alain’s storytelling with the ancient trees, hedges and newer plantings being the family of the gardener. When storms devastate the garden Alain feels the pain personally and grieves their lost, such is his passion.
If you have ever visited this garden (as do about 3 million others per annum) you probably had to rush through to see as much as you could. I dream of one day staying in a nearby hotel and spending a few days wandering around the garden pretending to be a local whilst
absorbing the peace and beauty of this world famous garden. Marie Antoinette’s garden was undergoing restoration when we visited and I would love to see that part of the garden. Here are a couple of my photos of spectacular Versailles. Have you toured the gardens? We found hiring one of the golf carts the best way of being able to see as much of the huge garden as possible in a day… Annette xx
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