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The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden

The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ☆ The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ✓ Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray - The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden, The Gardener of Versailles My Life in the World s Grandest Garden INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistFor gardening aficionados and Francophiles a love letter to the Versailles Palace and grounds from the man who knows them best In Alain Baraton s Versai

  • Title: The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden
  • Author: Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray
  • ISBN: 9780847842681
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover

☆ The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ✓ Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray, ☆ The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ✓ Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray, The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden, Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray, The Gardener of Versailles My Life in the World s Grandest Garden INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistFor gardening aficionados and Francophiles a love letter to the Versailles Palace and grounds from the man who knows them best In Alain Baraton s Versailles every grove tells a story As the gardener in chief Baraton lives on its grounds and since he has devoted his life to the. ☆ The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ✓ Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray - The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden, The Gardener of Versailles My Life in the World s Grandest Garden INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards FinalistFor gardening aficionados and Francophiles a love letter to the Versailles Palace and grounds from the man who knows them best In Alain Baraton s Versai

  • ☆ The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden ✓ Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray
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  1. Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden book, this is one of the most wanted Alain Baraton Christopher Brent Murray author readers around the world.

  2. A charming book written by the longtime gardener of Versailles This book interweaves the historical heyday of Versailles with current day The author starts with the devastation of the storm of 1999 and the effects on these remarkable gardens A delightful read.


  3. Interessante la parte aneddotica e alcune chicche storiche Ad esempio esisteva un Trianon di porcellana citato en passant anche da De Waal in La strada Bianca , che verr demolito perch troppo umido Oppure, che per l inaugurazione di Versailles Re Sole mette in piedi tre giorni di festeggiamenti basati sull Orlando Furioso con fastosissimi scenari e rappresentazioni Oppure sulle diverse personalit chiamate a disegnare e ridisegnare i giardini Lettura scaturita dalla mia fissa attuale giardini sto [...]


  4. Lost in translation That is the only excuse I can imagine for the way this book turned out What should have been an interesting read turned into a disjointed, frustrating experience If you re interested in reading about the park police chasing lovers through the park, then this is the book for you The author jumps around from one interesting feature to another, however, the actual physical layout is left to the reader s imagination, as there are no maps or photos to orient oneself The book could [...]


  5. I had the pleasure of visiting the Palace of Versailles last spring, on Easter Sunday as a matter of fact For some reason, I was under the impression that because we were celebrating a catholic holiday in a catholic country, I would be greeted by relatively few tourists Boy was I wrong Instead of strolling care free through the palace corridors as I d hoped, I enjoyed not really a stiff necked experience, unable to move freely about as I was shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other tourists, [...]


  6. a fun look behind the scenses at versailles, you get background and history, first person tales of trials of gardening the huge storms of 1999 and so reader gets a good view of the gardens and buildings 1976 2012but, then reader also has to slog through rather arrogant idiosyncrasy blatherings of a frenchman too pictures Wha , great job rizzoli, you of the picture book world , no notes, no bibliography, no index but fairly fascinating look at really cool , huge formal gardens an not so formal, a [...]


  7. I really loved this book It loses one point for leaving me hanging on HOW he fixed all the problems after the storm and HOW he decided what to plant Really We are just going to digress and not get back to that But I loved the history and the day to day Great read


  8. It s a great book It starts with a tragedy when a storm took out many of the trees in Versailles and he talks about several of his predecessors But I enjoyed learning about the various trees in the garden, including a tulip tree that was 10 feet wide and 100 feet tall.


  9. Very disappointing Hard to tell if this is a translation issue or simply that the translator had so little to work with This book should have been a lot better, after all it is about the gardens of Versailles and the gentleman who is the chief gardener But it jumps around and wanders to and fro very disjointed and difficult to know what the author is talking about some times After a great first chapter, it just fizzles instead of sizzles Agree with previous posters that maps and photos would hav [...]


  10. I recently read that the gardens at Versailles are undergoing the first major alteration since Andre Le Notre designed it for Louis XIV in the 1660s So when I saw this book written by Versailles s head gardener, I was intrigued One common thread throughout Alain Baraton s memoir is his passion for nature and simplicity almost to the point of being a Luddite He appreciates every tree and every bloom This is a man who loves his work He loves the seasonality, the connection to nature, and the freed [...]


  11. This was an interesting book written by the chief gardener of Versailles Kind of a mix of Versailles history, modern day tales from the gardens and a bit on the life of a gardener Some of it was fascinating and some a bit boring It is a translation from the original French and some of it gets weighed down in the minutiae of art in France French plays, etc but on the whole it was interesting It doesn t have a ton of history of Versailles, bits here and there of the different Louis that lived ther [...]


  12. Literary chocolate Alain Baraton text regurgitates love for his profession Great translation from French Some phrases that exemplify the chocolate are at Versailles, it is felt that we need the best, the newest, and the most expensive, even if the results turn out to be disastrous Unlike tractors, a horse does not pollute, destroys nothing and makes work time agreeable for its gardener companion and even for the visitors watching regular garden work, which becomes sort of a spectacle A absolute [...]


  13. I had heard good things about this one and had been meaning to pick it up for a while now I figure since I ll be returning to Versailles this summer that now was as good a time as any Baraton s book focuses on both his own experiences as a gardener at Versailles and the experiences of his predecessors Though I do love my history, I actually found the parts about his own personal experience to be much interesting, sometimes making me laugh aloud while I was reading The book was a nice look at th [...]


  14. I went to Versailles in May, had the opportunity to visit the gardens only briefly Got lost through no fault of my own The memories are fond now, though it was a bit stressful at the time Regardless, reading this book was like having a conversation with someone in the gardens It was like being there and getting a personal tour from someone who knew them well I quite enjoyed it A few months post trip and I am feeling nostalgic already.


  15. The maudlin memoirs of the guy who has been the head gardener of Versailles since 1982 An amusing book, particularly when the author talks about himself He has an overly romanticized perspective of Versailles, decrying at one point that internal combustion vehicles, rather than horses, are used to carry around gardening equipment You get the sense that the author would have been happier working at Versailles in the 1800 s.


  16. An enjoyable book to read You don t find many books written by gardeners of the many fabulous gardens around the world and I think that is societies loss There are certainly those of us who love these display gardens and are TRULY interested in hearing the back story of the trees and plants from the gardener s who select, care and often mourn for the botanical treasures they are fortunate to be surrounded by.


  17. I enjoyed The Gardener of Versailles immensely The book is well written, although some reviewers say otherwise Perhaps they disregard that this is a translation and the beauty of the original French is not apparent Others lament the lack of photographs I, too, wish there were photos, but Monsieur Baraton has written several other books with photos of the gardens Unfortunately, they have yet to be translated into English.


  18. An enjoyable, informative book written by a man whom, I believe, were he Japanese, would be declared a Living National Treasure A Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Properties I was especially taken with his contrast of the old ways of cultivating at Versailles as opposed to the new technology and their effects on both the cultivators and the cultivated Write on, Monsieur


  19. Even when allowing for the fact that I was reading a translation, I found the book overall to be somewhat boring There were some interesting historical facts, but the book was uneven, jumping from topic to topic, without any smooth transitions I kept waiting for things to get interesting, but they never did I wasn t sorry I read it, but I was glad to reach its tedious conclusion.


  20. A little bit of history and personal stories but no where near enough to get above two stars As other people mentioned it might be due to translation, but maybe this guy is really dry and a little cocky I liked it a little for actually having been there and being able to picture the places mentioned in my mind If you haven t been or don t plan on going, then skip this.


  21. This book is perfect for anyone who appreciates Versailles, in particular the Gardens there I love the way Alain gives such credit to the gardens shaping him after he has spent so many years shaping the gardens A beautiful, romantic story about a gardener and all of his take always from what is obviously a garden with some of the best history in the world


  22. Charming, warm, authentic makes me want to go back to France and find Mr Baraton himself He shares than just a tour of the gardens I can almost smell the orange trees, and I can empathize with his thoughts about watching Versailles as it has changed over the ages Delightfully splendid Good for some summer armchair traveling.


  23. I really enjoyed this book I have been to Versailles and it was interesting the way the author wove in his personal life, the history of the property, funny stories about the tourists and his experience as a gardener Like others have mentioned, I wish that they had included pictures I found myself Googling the different statues and gardens to give myself perspective and job my memory.


  24. I really enjoyed many of the anecdotes in this book, but like other reviewers I really wish there were photos of the gardens Obviously, I can Google the names of the various places in the book, but it would have been nice to be able to see them in the text Not a bad book, but not one you d need to go out of your way to read either.


  25. This was a nice book, but didn t keep my interest I m sure those with of an interest in the Palace of Versailles would do better than I, but I have other things to read I m trying to wean myself off the habit of finishing every book if I m just not into it


  26. Baraton takes great delight in his career in this exquisite place, and he gives it to us as well He also provides a soupcon of history vis a vis his Garden and a large dollop of his most vocal opinions.


  27. I read an English translation, which was excellently done A few random little errors, but overall fabulously worded Admittedly, I was a bit lulled by the extensive history of France and its previous royalty, but its inclusion was appropriate.


  28. An interesting read about a man who devoted much of his life to tending the gardens at Versailles This work has given his life meaning and that is evident in the passion with which he writes Pictures, maps or illustrations would have added much to the book.


  29. Not brilliant writing but if you re a Francophile or like French history, or gardens and gardening you ll enjoy this book.


  30. I enjoyed all the history of the gardens especially since we went to visit them again soon after I finished reading this book I felt like I knew some of the secrets of Versailles.


  31. Wonderful to read the love story between a gardener and his garden one of the most historic and beautiful of gardens.