Green leaf, White fig, Basil
“To convey the scent of the Potager du Roy (the King's Vegetable Garden), you need to imagine the round, warm, milky note of fig teamed with the greenness of young spring vegetables. Strolling down the perfectly orderly walkways of this nine-hectare garden leads us from the fragrant square of aromatic plants to the wafting scent of the orchards. Louis XIV could not resist some vegetables and demanded to be the first to taste them. All the freshness of the springtime scents of these vegetables bursts through in this candle, blended with the sun-kissed fragrance of figs and herbal notes.”
Elisabeth de Feydeau
Versailles is a land of luxury and vegetation. Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie, gardener and agricultural engineer, was put in charge of the Potager du Roy built between 1678 and 1683. This prestigious orchard-garden had to be on the forefront of botanical discoveries and supply the fruit and vegetables for the royal tables. A fig tree grove was planted so that the king could savor one of his favorite fruits. Among the many curiosities, the aromatic plant section included some rather strange species, referred to as "salad supplies".
Fig trees grow in abundance at Versailles. The fig was one of Louis XIV’s favorite fruits and La Quintinie, his gardener, planted over 700 trees. Louis XV, the Well-Beloved, monitored their acclimatization tests in Claude Richard’s greenhouses. During the reign of Marie-Antoinette, boxed fig trees were fashionable. Since the trees were accustomed to a Mediterranean climate, they were grown in boxes and moved into greenhouses to survive the harsh winters. They needed to be watered frequently during the summer, and bore fruit twice a year. The fruit, leaves and bark of the fig tree are all highly fragrant.