The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Petit Trianon garden design

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222.The grounds of the Petit Trianon were laid out by Marie Antoinette, the Queen of Louis XVI., who was extremely partial to this villa as a residence, and used to entertain her guests there, habited as a shepherdess. After the first revolution, when the place becamc public property, it was a favourite locality for the revolutionary fetes; and in the time of Napoleon it was the residence, first of the Empress Josephine, and afterwards of Marie Louise. The gardens of the Petit Trianon are laid out in the English style, but they are spoiled by too many walks being seen at the same time, which destroys the idea of seclusion, which ought to prevail in such a scene. The grounds at the Petit Trianon are still very highly kept; and they are remarkable for some very large and fine American trees and shrubs; the latter being sheltered by hedges of arbor vit�, which, Mr. Thompson tells us, �are about twelve feet apart, and nine feet high, cut perpendicularly.� (Jour. of Hort. Soc., vol. ii. p. 227.)