Above, the Orangerie at Versailles; Below, I love classic Versailles style box planters like this one sold by Mecox Gardens.
I spotted this beautiful book, Jardin De La Malmaison, in Anthropologie and thought it would be a perfect Mother's Day gift -- for a mom who is passionate about gardening or interested in Malmaison. Unfortunately, it is pricey; depending on where you buy it, the book retails from about $120 to $180.
For a smaller $35 fee, the High Museum of Art is offering a seminar on French landscape design and decorative arts, this Saturday, March 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The House of Bourbon: Exploring the Tastes of the French Monarchy, will be led by French historian Dr. William Beik of Emory University. Landscape designer, Christian Duvernois, will also discuss the gardens of Versailles. Pre-registration is required and check-in is at 9 a.m. I'm disappointed I have to miss this event. The first three in the series have been great -- especially the talks with Caroline Weber and Joan DeJean.