Article from FLAVORWIRE with translation.



What Did Marie Antoinette Have in Her Garden?


By Jason Diamond on Aug 29, 2013 9:30am



Things people think about when they hear the former Queen of France’s name include eating cake, Sofia Coppola films, and guillotines. One thing that doesn’t automatically come to mind, for some reason or another, is Marie Antoinette’s appreciation for exquisite gardens. A shame, because after taking over the residence of Madame de Pompadour (yes, the inspiration for the famous haircut) in 1774, the famous Petit Trianon, she transformed the grounds into an enchanted landscape with few comparisons.


Iris from the French Garden

Sadly, you don’t get the actual experience of seeing and smelling the Madonna Lilies or picking strawberries in the Queen’s Hamlet by flipping through Marie-Antoinette’s Garden (Flammarion/Rizzoli), but through the impressively researched book by Elisabeth de Feydeau, we get an idea of how the grounds were laid out, and some of the plants and flowers the Queen saw on a daily basis, thanks in part to illustrations of the herbarium by botanist and painter for Marie Antoinette’s cabinet, Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

残念ながら,著書Marie-Antoinette’s Garden(Flammarion/Rizzoli)のページをめくるだけでは、王妃の村里に咲いていたニワシロユリを実際に見たり香りを楽しんだり、イチゴを摘んだりすることはできません。それでも、著者エリザベト・ド・フェドゥの見事な調査研究に加え、マリー・アントワネットお抱えの庭師であり画家のピエール=ジョセフ・ルドゥーテが制作した植物標本集のイラストにより、庭園の配置や王妃が日々目にしていた植物や花々を伺い知ることができます。

Apricot from the Queen’s Garden


Tuberose from the French Garden


Published on 12 Jun 2012 by chateauversailles