Friday, February 10, 2017

Marie-Antoinette's Gardens

From Vogue:
In 1774, her husband, King Louis XVI, gifted her the Petit Trianon with the words, “To you who love flowers so, I present this bouquet.” Marie-Antoinette became very involved with the garden’s design, relishing each individual planting. And now, Rizzoli is re-releasing what is perhaps the garden’s most thorough documentation to date. From Marie-Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album, written by Ēlisabeth de Feydeau, combines historical research with 18th-century illustrations of the species of flowers that were included in the queen’s garden. De Feydeau, who holds a Ph.D. in history and is an expert on fragrance, is well up to the task of undertaking this project. (Read more.)

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