Coming Soon: Life in the Garden
From Sofia Coppola's fastidious attention to detail while shooting Marie Antoinette on location (the director requested water lilies like those she'd spied in a period etching) to "the large, majestic willow baskets" still in use in the late 1970s, before all the "identical and ugly" plastic bags took over, to the most secluded hideaways for lovers and the charms of an un-mowed country lawn, great tidbits abound in Alain Baraton's book, The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden.
As Versailles' Gardener-in-Chief, Baraton has seen it all. And in his bestseller (just released in English), he shares more than tantalizing bits of info: there are riveting stories, past and present, that offer a sense of Versailles' earthier, less formal and less known side. Later this month I'll post more, but for now I wanted to put the book on your radar. It's perfect spring fever reading -- even though Baraton's favorite season in the park is actually fall.