Let’s replant together the Grand Carré of Potager du Roi in Versailles
346 donors
objective of 60000

work in progress

Between September 2020 and February 2021, École nationale supérieure de paysage raised € 60,000 thanks to the support of 400 donors. The restoration of three trellising structures out of the fourteen that need urgent restoration was initiated.

The work on the wrought iron structures themselves was entrusted to the Forge d'Art Loubière, a living heritage iron works company located in Maine-et-Loire (Loire Valley). The operations are under the responsibility of the Chief Architect of Historical Monuments. Fourteen trellising structures were designated as the first needing to be restored. These have been programmed over six years, with two or three structures being taken down and rebuilt each year. The replanting of the fruit trees is considered as part of the process. Between June and October 2021, the extraction, taking apart, refurbishing and re-installing of the first three lines was accomplished. The first trees will be replanted during autumn and winter 2022-2023.

A state-of-the-art intervention

In order to prepare the work on the first three trellising structures by the ironsmiths, the Potager du Roi gardeners cut down and removed the old pear trees. The trees were dying and, in some cases, already dead. The Forge d'Art Loubière then came to the garden, identified and examined all the parts, removed the lower re-enforcements, separated the metal structure from the stone foundations and brought the pieces back to their smithy-workshop. It is only there that they entirely separated the different pieces. All the different elements go through a process of individual conservation, restoration and refurbishment. The structure is put back together in the workshop in order to make any necessary adjustments before the final steps of sandblasting, metallizing and painting. The return to the site and the putting back together of the structure took place in October 2021. The trellises were set back into their stone foundations with lead sealing and the horizontal training wires installed. After having revitalized the soil, the gardeners will replant pear trees next autumn and winter 2022-2023. Save the date!

Repairing the iron trellising structures in the forge by a compagnon. Illustration : Alice Stevens.
Restoring the trellising structures in the forge. Illustration : Alice Stevens.
Reinstalling the trellising structures in Potager du Roi. Illustration : Alcie Stevens.
Meticulous finish on-site. Illustration : Alice Stevens.

Choosing the varieties

All of the first three restored trellising structures are located on the East side of the Grand Carré. Winter pears will be planted to be guided by these structures during the autumn-winter of 2022-2023. École nationale supérieure de paysage has mobilized a group of outside experts to participate in the choice of varieties. A pre-selection has been made according to criteria relating to the season, vigour, fertility and quality as well as history of the fruit. Bergamote de Bugey, Catillac, Colmar and Virgouleuse are among those being studied. In addition to being ripe for eating in the height of winter, these four varieties all possess great vigour – a neccessity for shaping Legendre palmettes - and were already known to La Quintinie in the 17th century. La Quintinie writes that the Bergamote de Bugey has a flesh which is "at the same time firm and tender and, so to speak, is almost brittle", while "the flesh [of the Colmar] is supple and the water very soft and very sweet”. As for the Virgouleuse, it is one of his favourites, while he classifies the Catillac, among "those I know to be so bad that I do not advise anyone to plant them". Today, if this variety is still not good fresh, it has been judged as one of the best when cooked!

A. Poiteau et P. Turpin, Traité des arbres fruitiers de Duhamel du Monceau, nouvelle édition augmentée, planches publiées entre 1807 et 1835.
A. Poiteau et P. Turpin, Traité des arbres fruitiers de Duhamel du Monceau, nouvelle édition augmentée, planches publiées entre 1807 et 1835.
A. Poiteau et P. Turpin, Traité des arbres fruitiers de Duhamel du Monceau, nouvelle édition augmentée, planches publiées entre 1807 et 1835.
A. Poiteau et P. Turpin, Traité des arbres fruitiers de Duhamel du Monceau, nouvelle édition augmentée, planches publiées entre 1807 et 1835.

Many thanks to...

Our 400 donors who joined our first fundraising campaign and made possible this major restoration project, as well as to our patron agnès b. and her team for their support from the beginning through the design of an exclusive tote bag.


Marc Alberman

Martine Amiot

Association des Amis du Potager du Roi

Cindy Arnold

Paul Arnould

Maxime Arnoux

Alizée Meissonnier et Arthur Aubin

Christos Astaris

Catherine Astor-Veyres

Olivier Aubry

Jean-Luc Augustin

Rémy Auriat

Véronique Ausseur


Raphael Babusiaux

Stéphanie Bachelard

Geneviève Barrère

Jean Baudequin

Jean-Michel Benet

Lorenzo Bergomi

Cécile Berthonneau

Hugues Bertuel

Sandrine Bessoles

Claire Bevilacqua

Marie-Christine Bonnefond

François Bonnet

Annick Bonnet

Micheline Bonnet

Pierre Bontoux

Philippe Boreaniz

Georges Bouchard

Blandine Boureau

Ingrid et Michel Bourne

Florian, Victor et Quentin Bouvier

Hélène Bras

Joelle Brochen

Martine et Yves Brunschwick

Dominique Bulle

Timothy et Jessica Butler


Aurélia Cabanis

Marianne Cabanis

François Cabot

Kristell Cabrol

Christiane Candillon

Monique Cantin

Cartis Classic Car Experience

Fabrice Caravo

Daniela Carneiro Fuentes

Jean-Claude Chaboseau

Catherine Chadefaud-Dubois

Catherine Chagnon

Marie Chapelon

Victor-Fabien Charpentier Adorni

Eliane Chaumont

Christine Chauvin

Alain et Annick Chekroun

Anne Chone

Pascal Choquet

France Choulet

Patrick Chretienne

Jérôme Classe

Corinne Clavel

Marie-Pierre Coeuignart

Nicolas Cognard

Ghylaine Collard

Hélène Common

Marie-Christine Corrion

Jean-Marc Coubé

Philippe Couillet-Bourgeois

Hervé Cousin

Monique et François Cousson

Laurent Crasson

Suzanne Cronquist

Catherine Crowley

Antonia Csillik


Olivier Dalibert

Thibault Daly

Emmanuelle Daniel

Gilles Dargnies

Pierre Dauvergne

Jeanne David

Jeanne De Beaufort

Agnès De Castelnau

Jean De Charon

Isabelle De Lajarte

Charles De Valroger

Bertrand De Varax

Pascal Decary

Odile Decroix

Odile Deffayet

Hubert Delarue

Marie Delignat-Lavaud

Marius Delsol

Olivier Dennery

Sandrine Denos

Geneviève Deschamps

Aissatou Diallo

Georges Dobias

Françoise Dole

Isabelle Donat

Noëlle Dorion

Agnès & Sylvain Dross

Stéphane Dubourdieu

Arnauld Duboys Fresney

Fabienne Dubruel

Catherine Dumont

Jean-Marc Dupre

Eric Duriez

Alain Durnerin

Faustine Dutreil

Martine Duverger

Christine Dyja


Sylvain Egret

Brian Ejarque

Sylvie Espinasse

Morgane Ezanno


Pascal Farrando

Olivier Faucher

Monique Faure

Armelle Faure

Denis Feignier

Laurent Felin

Philippe Ferriere

Agathe & Grégoire Feunteun

Edouard Filho

Christine Flandre

Béatrice et Claude Floch

Sylvain Fourny

Anne Franco


Simon Gabillard

Laurent Gadreau

Bruno Galempoix

Micheline Gantheret

Marie-Julie Garnier

Frédéric Gaurat

Philippe Gerbet

Jean-Louis Germain

Okan Germiyanoglu

Nicole Gibout

Catherine Goepfer

Yannick Gomez

Stéphane Goueffon

Christiane Goujaud

Corinne Goumand

Jeanne-Emma Graciet

Solange Grumel

Ony Guery

Svetlana Guigues

Philippe Guihard

Frédéric Guimard

Claire-Lise Guinin

Florence Guinle


Salomé Haas

Eleonora Harwich

Jean-Paul Hedouin

Christian Helouin

Sylvain Hendrickx

Micheline Hotyat

Lydia et Jean Hourtoule

Chun Hurson

Nicole Hutin


Stéphane Illes

Sorya Im

Tomoko Inaba


Guillaume Jablonka

Martine Jablonski-Cahours

Antoine Jacobsohn

Jean-Paul Jacquemart

Matthias et David Jakobowicz

Luc Jeannin Natlet

Maureen Joffroy

Nicole Juhen


Dagmar Kalthoff

Colette Kermabon

Martine et Daniel Kermann

Jean-François Kling

Blanche, Louis et Jean Kremeur


Thierry La Maida

Mado de La Quintinie

Dominique Laboureix

Muriel et Marc Lachenaud

Pierre Laigros

Valérie Laugero

Claudine Lavaud

Yann Le Bonniec

Magali Le Coënt

Anna Le Danvic

Patrice Le François

Hervé Le Goff

Pierre Le Laouénan

Alix Le Masson

Claire Le Texier

Eric Leblond

Alain Leclercq

Aude Leday-Jacquet

François Legal

Florence Legros

Gérard Leloup

Jean-Claude Lengrand

Fabrice Lenica

Association Les Vergers retrouvés du Comminges

Odile Libron

Colette Llech

Yvonne Lombard

Christine Longin

Eva Lothar

Stephan Ludot-Ingrain

Vincent Lutton

Sandra Luttrin


Sophie et Arnaud Maecker Guiguin

Famille Maestracci

Françoise Magueur

Claude Malengrea

Hélène Malhaire

Guillaume Malingri

Véronique Mangold

Gladys Marcelin

Irène Marlin

Astrid Marlin

Corinne Martial

Jean Martinet

Daniel et Elisabeth Maslowski

Yann Masson

Laszlo & Nathalie Maurel

Robert Mereau

Anne-Marie Mernier

Jean-Paul Mialot

Danièle Millasseau

Philippe Millet

Joel Minot

Franziska Mittelacher

Régine Molloff

Patrick Montagner

Maleen Moulien

André Mourgues

Marc Moutafis

Cyril Mouton

Otto Muller

Martine Müller


Eric Nalepa

Eric Nerot

Patrick Normand

Christophe Nourdin


Marine Orhan

Clélia Ortoli


Valentine Paicheur

Benoît Pallot

Frédéric Paris et Françoise Renard

Edith Parisot

Laure Pasquer

Catherine Pauchet

Lionel Pernot

Marie Perra

Pierrette Perreault

Olga Pestel

Philippe Petit-Jean

Elvina Piard-Aubert

Marie-Laure Piednoir

Marie-France Pihet

Marie Claire & Alain Pinel

Christian Piotrowski

Vincent Piveteau

Lucile Piveteau-Guyomarc'h

Xavier Piveteau-Guyomarc'h

Olivier Poirier

Robert Pope

Fabienne Praly

Françoise Prodhomme

Virginie et Jean Provensal

Xavier Prétot


Patrick Ravaud

Coralie Renard

Eliane Rimbaud

Geneviève Roger

Nicolas Rohart

Jean Rohart

Françoise Roidot

Guillaume Rouard

Marie-Dominique Rouviere



Annie Sabatier

Mademoiselle Saint Germain

Alix de Saint Venant

Jean-Claude Samuel

Christine Sanchis

Chiara Santini

Yvan Sarret

Isabelle Sarrois

Vincent Schurr

Frédéric Seguette

Françoise Seï

Juliette Sibillat

Nicolas et Marie-Pierre Silvestre

Hélène Sneed

Philippe Sonnet

Catherine Steffen

Sylvie Strumza

Fabienne Suard

Guillaume Séraphine


Christian Tardivel

Thomas Tari

Ana Teodorescu

Stéphanie Tesson

Joris Thau

Armelle Thiebaut-Thomas

Isabelle et Jean-Frank Thomas

Bernard Torrin

Françoise Touboul

Thierry Tourbe

Rose Touzet

Audrey Tricoit

Sandy Tricoit-Charpiot

Daniel Trochu

Nicole Turner


Ludovic Ulliel


Delphine Van Blitz

Jacques Vanderpotte

Karin Varenne

Nicole Veau

Natalie Verne

Isabelle Veron

Martine Vidal

James Vilain

Pierre Volatier

Christiane Volland


Lory Waks

Michèle Waks

Hubert Watine

Abigail Weitzenfeld

Alain Wiederle

agnès b.
patron of the first campaign

Agnès Troublé, commonly known as agnès b., chose to support the first fundraising campaign as a patron in 2020. Born in Versailles, she wanted to share her attachment to Potager du Roi, a site that represents a inexhaustible source of inspiration for the designer for many years. agnès b. conceived a thank you gift for the donors of the campaign: the agnès b. tote bag “our potager du Roi”

346 donors
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