The gardens of Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon were legendary for extraordinary beauty. Marie Antoinette adored flowers and her love for them is most apparent in the magnificent gardens she had cultivated in her name at Versailles and the Petit Trianon. The upcoming horticultural album, From Marie Antoinette’s Garden, takes readers on a literary stroll through the most prominent of the flowers and plants found in the gardens of the queen.
In 1770, Louis XV presented Marie Antoinette—then a young dauphine—with a rather unusual portrait, in which she was depicted as the center of a rose. Although the portrait has since been lost to the ages, its description brings to mind the undeniable association between Marie Antoinette and this most famous flower.