If you were asked to imagine the most beautiful gardens that money could buy, you probably couldn’t do any better than Versailles. Wow. On our first trip to Paris, we took the RER an hour south-west of Paris, France to tour the famous palace and gardens. I couldn’t have seen it all if I’d cloned myself or had a hundred pairs of eyes. It was gorgeous. Here is just a teaser- I hope you have a chance to go visit for yourself.
Up by the palace, the borders were very formal with strict color schemes: the effect was gorgeous.
Of course- when I think of Versailles, I think of roses- these gorgeous beauties were blooming like mad around this beautiful fountain.
Even the vegetable gardens (potager) were gorgeous: these provided Marie Antoinette and her guests food for their fancy dinners.
A side note that I was highly gratified to see- both at Versailles and throughout Europe: lawns that were multi-cultural: i.e. full of what we consider weeds. If that wasn’t justification enough to stop using lawn chemicals (assuming one had ever started): if it is good enough for Versailles, it is definitely good enough for me.