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The Kitchen Garden of the King

Le Potager du Roi - 10, rue du Maréchal Joffre - Versailles -

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At the time of the Roi Soleil (Sun king), the castle of Versailles is a small city inhabited by hundreds of courtiers, artists, guests, workmen, who should be feed every day.  Louis XIV, fine gourmet with a delicate palate, ordered the construction of a kitchen garden closed to his field, in order to supply the royal mouths out of fruit and vegetables. Placed under the authority of La Quintinie, this kitchen garden becomes a laboratory of extraordinary agricultural experiments.  In this XVIIème still ecological century, cutters are born to with it at March, of figs are tasted there from June to October.  The Normands try successfully to acclimatize coffee and pineapple one century later.  This historical kitchen garden is placed today under the supervision of the National School of the Landscape. The 9 hectares of garden accomodate 5000 fruit trees and 2,5 hectares of vegetables.  It annually produces 50 tons of fruits and 30 tons of vegetables.  To distribute the productions in time and the seasons, Quintinie had arranged many terraces and hollow gardens.  15 gardeners maintain this coloured garden.  The diversity of the varieties remains its signature today.  15 varieties of tomatos, peppers, aubergines.  Guided tours weekends and public holidays.

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