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Paris Chapter: Spring Outing to Versailles

Paris Chapter

Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Le Hameau de la Reine  & Le Potager du Roi – Versailles

The Hameau de la Reine, Marie-Antoinette’s domain, is located in the gardens of the Petit Trianon. From 1780, a series of ten follies of varied rural architecture was built around an artificial lake under the direction of Richard Mique, first architect of the king. Unlike this rural exterior, the interior is of  great refinement. There, the Queen entertained her friends. The “hameau“ also had an educational purpose for the Royal children, especially the Dauphin. From 2015 to 2018 the “hameau“ was the subject of an extensive restoration, buildings and decor, as well as a refurbishment to the time Empress Marie-Louise. Elisabeth Caude, Conservateur en Chef au Musée National des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Conservateur Général du Patrimoine, Chef du Département Mobilier – Objets d’Art, will introduce us to Marie Antoinette’s private domain.

We will have lunch in a Versaillais restaurant whose chef prepares many products from the Potager du Roi. Elisabeth Caude and Antoine Jacobsohn will be joining us.

In the afternoon, Antoine Jacobsohn, head of Le Potager du Roi, will introduce us to “his” garden. Founded in 1976 on the site of the Potager du Roi, in Versailles, the National School of Landscape  allows visitors to discover a unique ecosystem of creation, experimentation and production, in tune with the challenges of our time. Built between 1678 and 1683 by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie at the request of Louis XIV to provide fruits and vegetables to the Royal table, the Potager du Roi is a masterpiece of the art of the formal garden “à la française”. Figs, melons, asparagus, peas, lettuce and strawberries in all seasons were among the most famous products. Cultivated continuously by generations of gardeners and ever-evolving, Le Potager du Roi has always been a forerunner. It affirms, under the impetus of the National Superior School of Landscape, its urban produce growing, focuses on short visits, its sustainable miussion and its involvement in the training and awareness of all audiences to its environment and living spaces.

In French

Cost : 120€

To enroll please contact : paris@frenchheritagesociety.org

Bus depart at 9:15am sharp.  Meeting Point: Bus, Place du Trocadéro

Between avenue Georges Mandel and avenue Paul Doumer. Métro: Trocadéro



Tuesday, May 28
9:00 am - 5:30 pm