A White Paper on the Future of Potager du Roi
The following is a guest contribution from the Association des Amis du Potager du Roi.
The seventeenth-century kitchen garden of the Palace of Versailles has a long history of horticultural instruction and innovation. But how does a 300-year-old garden sustain itself and maintain importance in today’s changing world?
In recent years, organizations have come together to address the pressing issues facing Potager du Roi. Among them, the Association des Amis du Potager du Roi was created in 2016 to provide assistance for the site’s restoration and operation, increase the site’s reputation, and facilitate easier access to the iconic garden. Since then, the Association des Amis has been working with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paysage (ENSP) and other stakeholders to answer important questions about the future of the historic kitchen garden of Versailles. Those questions include: what is the cultural value of Potager du Roi; why is the garden in a difficult situation today; and what are alternatives for the future of the site?
In 2018, the Association des Amis du Potager du Roi was asked to participate in a task force aimed at producing a conservation and development plan for Potager du Roi. The resulting white paper entitled "Livre Blanc Pour L'Avenir du Potager du Roi," available to read online, summarizes the proposals of the Amis du Potager du Roi.