Le Potager du Roi

Le Potager du Roi, Versailles: Address, Phone Number, Le Potager du Roi Reviews: 3.5/5

Le Potager du Roi
3.5

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  • Versailles-Château • 8 min walk
  • Versailles-Château • 8 min walk

3.5
177 reviews
Excellent
45
Very good
58
Average
25
Poor
33
Terrible
16

Seasondtraveller
Paris4,157 contributions
Rather disappointing
Aug 2021
This garden is essentially just across from the Orangerie, and next to the Pièce d'eau des Suisses. The visit is not that exciting and could have been enhanced by some more historical explanations.
Written August 12, 2021
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,808 contributions
Calling All Gardeners
May 2019 • Solo
What a treat. I stumbled across the King's Garden while wandering about in Versailles following an aborted attempt to visit the Palace. Obviously veges and fruits were too humble to grace the main palace grounds and were relegated to the opposite end of town. The day I went they were all getting ready for a big gardening exposition in the town and the visit was free.
All still beautifully laid out are the original parterres and terraces with some beds planted and fruit trees all espaliered and pleached or in cordons. Roses just coming into flower were tumbling over walls. I was there three weeks ago and they must be just gorgeous by now.
The site is a gardening school and centre for education, information and exhibitions/expositions regarding ecological and gardening matters.
The site is quite large and down the far end are what appear to be allotment gardens all planted with spuds and silverbeet in various states of good gardening (or not).

This was such a cool place to visit and it's one of the most delightful things about my trip to Paris.
Written May 20, 2019
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Rod H
Melbourne, Australia322 contributions
Go in Spring
Jun 2018 • Business
Although I visited in summer when most of the fruit trees were well in leaf, this would be a spectacular sight in blossom with row upon row of espaliered fruit trees. It is part of the horticultural college and interesting if you are into gardens. Even in summer, there is enough flowering interest to make it a worthwhile visit.
Written June 25, 2018
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helen s
London, UK842 contributions
Came across this garden
Jun 2018 • Friends
We came across the garden when killing time in the old part of town. We were surprised how small it was if it was meant to be used to feed the Palace.
Very helpful staff and were able to get all around the site with the wheel chair.
Interesting visit,
Written June 3, 2018
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bee438
Stockholm, Sweden61 contributions
For the gardener
Mar 2018
If you are into gardening and is going to Versailles anyway check out the kitchen garden of the King. The garden contains hundreds upon hundreds of clipped and espaliered fruit trees. We went in March and were the only two visitors in the garden. There was not very much going on in the garden at this time of year except the structure of all the fruit trees and we saw some great magnolias in bloom. I suspect they will have more activities going on in the garden in summer, Quite impressive the work that have gone into the fruit trees over the years.
Written April 8, 2018
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robertalan2016
Newton, MA95 contributions
An overlooked part of the royal properties at Versailles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This was the kitchen garden of Louis XIV and later French kings. If you are a gardener, don't miss it, but this is not what you should do on your first visit to Versailles. We were there in early October. The line to enter the main palace was an hour long, but we had been there several times over the last forty years. There was no waiting to enter the Potager du Roi. The focus is on pruning techniques. The entrance is obscure so ask for directions at the main entrance to the palace.
Written December 6, 2017
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artnik
Brooklyn, NY370 contributions
An under-known area of Versailles that is well worth a visit if non-flowering, “working” gardens are of interest.
Oct 2017 • Solo
The Potager was originally planted in order for Louis XIV to supply food for his own table. It also became a laboratory and showplace for advanced horticultural study and development (they grew Pineapples! In Paris!) which it remains to this day. A school of agriculture is on premises and the Potager is incorporated into their studies. There is a charming shop that sells products made with ingredients from the garden. If you want to get away from the glitz of the Palace and formal gardens, this is where to go to look and think about what some of the behind-the-scenes life at the Palace was about.
Written November 1, 2017
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LizzieQM
London, UK24 contributions
Terrible
Aug 2017 • Family
As previous reviews have said the 'Potager' feels almost abandoned, neglected and overgrown. There was almost nothing to look at, and after visiting beautiful workings gardens run by the National Trust in the U.K. (like Sissinghurst in Kent), the contrast was extraordinary. Working vegetable gardens can be exquisite; not this one! Perhaps the management needs joining up with the management of Versailles itself, where the gardens are beautiful, and included in the entrance ticket for the palace all as one? This was certainly not worth the entrance fee.
Written August 4, 2017
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JClare62
Maleny, Australia116 contributions
Lovely contrast to the crowds at Versailles but could be so much more.
Jul 2017 • Couples
Wonderful tranquility and naturalness compared to the palace gardens 10 minutes walk apart. The palace gardens were crowded with people when there were barely 20 at the potager. The kitchen gardens are maintained using permaculture and organic practices and there were lots of insects and birds about which was just lovely. However I have to agree with other posters and wonder if the garden is being maintained to its full potential. The entry, shop, signage, interpretation and toilets could all be improved at low cost with a bit of imagination from the landscape architecture students. That said, I would visit it any day in preference to the palace gardens (which also appeared to be suffering from lack of maintenance- the trees in the orangery were all struggling). There is plenty to interest a keen kitchen gardener or social historian.
Written July 14, 2017
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Graham H
London, England, United Kingdom2 contributions
a very disapointing afternoon spent here
Jun 2017 • Couples
I visited this royal vegetable plot around 20 years ago and my memory was that it was AMAZINGLY beautiful. Well what a decline, everywhere there is an atmosphere of abandon and messiness. We peered into one green house only to see a load of dead plants and someones washing hanging up to dry.
There are weeds everywhere, dead fruit trees, or un trimmed espaliered trees, it the guide they say there are 9 full time gardeners, we could only imagine that they spend most of their time chilling in the sun having bbqs
I had taken my mother telling her how beautiful it was and really worth a visit. As we are only in Paris for 3 days we feel we have waisted one of them.
So disappointing when i think what is was once like
Jean Baptiste de La Quitaine who created it in 1678 must be turning in his grave !
Written June 11, 2017
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