The King's Garden at Versailles, With Antoine Jacobsohn
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In 1768, Louis XIV, who wanted fresh fruit and vegetables on his table each day, told gardener and agronomist Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie to create a 23-acre orchard and vegetable garden on unwelcoming marshlands beside his palace at Versailles. It took five years to accomplish the prodigious task. From then on, La Quintinie supplied la Table du Roy and its enormous entourage with novelties such as fresh peas and lettuce in January, strawberries in March, cucumbers in April and cherries in May.