Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Citrus at Versailles

So, this summer when I went to Paris, we had to do the quintessential trip out to Versailles and we checked out the sun king's palace. Here we a part of the garden of Versailles. Much like Frederick the Great, Louis XIV also manipulated nature to get his own crops. He asserted his will over nature and decided that he was going to have a citrus garden even though citrus fruits are completely non-natural for the region. During the winter they wheel all of the plants into an underground greenhouse and in the summer they put them on display. I think this enforcement of man's will over nature during this time period is interesting.

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