A Conversation with France's Gardening Prince
I recently had the honor to appear with Prince Louis Albert de Broglie of France at an event organized by the French Institute Alliance Française of New York City. Known in France as the "Gardener Prince," de Brogle has turned his Chateau de la Bourdaisière in Touraine into an inspiring, world-class destination with its National Conservatory of Tomatoes (650 varieties) and historical vegetable and medicinal gardens. Our hour-long conversation covered a number of topics including edible biodiversity, garden tourism and school gardens to name a few. As I said in my opening remarks that night, gardens have the power to bring diverse people together, Americans and Europeans, urban and rural folks and, yes, a pauper and a prince. I hope you'll tap this power with your own garden this season by using it as a gathering place for friends, neighbors and loved ones. You never know who you might inspire.
Photo © Junenoire Mitchell
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