Versailles’ head gardener to speak at Monaco conference on Mediterranean gardens

International Mediterranean Meetings

Alain Baraton, the renowned head gardener of the Trianon and the Versailles Grand Parc, has been invited to speak at the upcoming International Mediterranean Meetings, which will be held later this week at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco. 

The 12th edition of the International Mediterranean Meetings event is set to explore the theme of Mediterranean gardens through both an academic and creative lens.

The two-day conference, from 7th to 8th March, is being held under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II and will be led by Elisabeth Bréaud, the president and director of the International Meetings Monaco and the Mediterranean (RIMM).

In addition to Alain Baraton, other notable speakers at the event include the likes of Robert Calcagno, Director-General of Monaco’s Oceanographic Institute, and Mounir Bouchenaki, the Honorary President of the RIMM. Prince Albert II of Monaco will make an appearance at the conference too, officially opening the varied discussions on three principal topics: the role of water in creating lush, delightful gardens; gardens as venues for scientific, philosophical, and ethical exploration; and the fusion of art and nature in crafting timeless, vibrant landscapes.

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Also on the agenda are talks on Moroccan garden water techniques, Park Güell’s unique design, the philosophical essence of King René’s gardens and the eternal allure of the Villa of Livia’s frescoes, as well as a screening of Sous les Figues by Erige Sehiri.

This year’s event has been organised in partnership with Monaco’s Oceanographic Institute, the Albert I Foundation and the Principality’s Audiovisual Institute. It is open to the public and more information can be found here.

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