The vegetable garden of the king has existed at the Palace of Versailles since the 17th century. However, it has only been open to the public since 1991. The goal of this majestic garden is to conserve traditional French methods of cultivation with roughly 800 types of fruits and vegetables.
The result is a royal vegetable garden that showcases a unique ambiance, and the diversity of this garden, which includes many rare types of plants, can be appreciated by anyone who visits the Palace of Versailles. What’s more, until September 9, 2012 the King’s Vegetable Garden (le Potager du Roi) will also be presenting a special exhibition of photographs focusing on the theme of vegetables.
The photo exhibit is called ‘Des légumes et des hommes’ (‘Of Vegetables and Men’), and it presents 32 shots taken by the photographer Joëlle Dollé. Displayed in the outdoor corridors of the Grand Carré of the palace, the large-format photographs reveal the humorous side of vegetables.
The subjects range from everyday people to French celebrities, each one with a different kind of vegetable. Vegetables are used as steering wheels, stethoscopes and mustaches, among many other things, in this creative and entertaining exhibit. Even serious figures, like a philosopher and a news journalist, show that they do not take themselves too seriously by posing for playful pictures.
Each photograph is accompanied by text explaining the symbols, proverbs, customs and beliefs surrounding the vegetable in question. Therefore, the exhibit is not only enjoyable, it is also educational.
Guests staying at the Hotel Regencia still have a few more weeks to discover the interesting links between man and vegetable at the Potager du Roi.