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Lire au jardin 2013

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General presentation

From 31 May to 2 June 2013, the Palace of Versailles is organising its “Lire au jardin” (Reading in the Garden) event in the gardens of the Petit Trianon. This free event enables you to discover a wide panorama of books and magazines devoted to gardens, attend the prize-giving ceremony of the Versailles “Lire au jardin” Book Prize and take part in the numerous cultural activities proposed during these days. Discover the programme of “Lire au jardin”. #LireAuJardin

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This event is organised as part of the “Rendez-vous aux Jardins” open gardens event and the Year of Le Nôtre which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, designer of the gardens of Versailles.

“Lire au jardin” is the great yearly meeting for those who work in the field of gardening books and magazines. In the shade of the poplars and lime trees of the Estate of Marie-Antoinette, discover a wide panorama of publications relating to gardens and the art of gardening: practical books and documentaries, picture books and art books, magazines, essays and reviews, children’s comic books, novels and books of tales dedicated to the gardening world are showcased in the enchanting setting of the gardens of Trianon.

“Lire au jardin” also features the Versailles “Lire au jardin” Book Prize (link in french), presided over for the second year running by Didier Decoin, of the Académie Goncourt. This prize awards the best publications on the theme of the “garden” in three complementary categories: “Graine de jardin” (children’s books), “Esprit de jardin” (essays, novels, books of illustrations) and “Jardin pratique” (books giving advice). The reading committee, made up of gardening book professionals, will meet in early April to draw up its short list from which the three prose-winners will be selected.

Lire au jardin” also features a large cultural programme dedicated to the discovery of books and gardens. This year, the theme of “Secret Garden(s)” and "link between past and present" will be the connecting thread of the meeting and activities. Interviews, book-signing sessions by outstanding writers on the world of gardens, multidisciplinary round-table discussions, readings, short-story competition for schoolchildren (link in french), a large temporary library for reading in the gardens, advice from the gardeners of Versailles, thematic tours of the Estate, etc. “Lire au jardin” is more than a book fair; it offers you a delightful opportunity for pleasure and mediation in the gardens!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Dates and opening times

- Friday 31 May, 9am-4pm: Day reserved for school groups.
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- Saturday 1 June, 2-9pm: free admission for all visitors
- Sunday 2 June, 2-7pm: free admission for all visitors

Getting there

Download the access map (in french)

A ticket for vehicle access to the Estate must be bought. It is then possible to park close to the to the event.

The petits trains of the Estate of Versailles make a return trip from the departure point of the north terrace of the Palace. They make 3 stops: the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon and the Estate of Marie-Antoinette, and the Grand Canal (Petite Venise).  

Food & beverages

Some restaurants Angelina, La parmentier and the fresh-pressed orange juice stand are close to the book fair.

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