King's Kitchen Garden

Park and garden at Versailles
N. Borel
N. Borel
N. Borel
N. Borel
  • Louis XIV asked J.-B. de La Quintinye, the gardener, to install a kitchen garden capable of providing for the court in a marsh with the evocative name of "étang puant" (stinking pond).

    Work was carried out efficiently between 1678 and 1682: in spite of the poor terrain and still rudimentary resources, La Quintinye developed the culture of fresh fruit and vegetables here and was able to provide the king's table with asparagus in January and strawberries in March, along with figs and even melons!

    It measures 9 hectares and maintains its original subdivisions, earning it classification as a Historical Monument in 1926.

    Its fruit trees, for their part, have been given extremely varied shapes, thanks to the presence of the Ecole Nationale d’Horticulture between 1873 and 1995, whose know-how carries on today, to the visual and gustatory delight of its visitors… students of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage now work in the areas bordering the kitchen garden.
  • Spoken languages
Services
  • Accessibility
  • Activities
    • Activities
    • Concerts
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Shows
    • Theatre
  • Equipment
    • Parking nearby
  • Services
    • Boutique
Openings
  • From April 1, 2017
    until October 31, 2017
  • From November 1, 2017
    until December 31, 2017
  • Monday
    Closed
    -
  • Tuesday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Wednesday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Thursday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Friday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Saturday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Sunday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Tuesday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Thursday
    10:00
    18:00
  • Ouvert le samedi de 10h00 à 13h00
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