AN EXCEPTIONAL STORYTELLER OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Alain BARATON will make you love trees!
French gardener, writer and chronicler, Alain BARATON is the head gardener of the Trianon National Estate and of the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
As a young graduate from a private Horticultural High School and anxious to make some pocket money, he got a summer job as a cashier, at the entrance to the Versailles Estate, which he literally fell in love with.
He then accepted a position as a trainee gardener and rose through the ranks to become Head Gardener, at just 24.
Making the most of his skills in the parks and gardens field, in 2003 he was appointed to the National Parks and Gardens Committee, before being appointed national focal point at the French Academy of Agriculture in 2006, then manager of the Marly-Le-Roi National Estate in 2009.
Author of several books on gardening, plants and Versailles, Alain BARATON is also the Green Fingers of France Inter, where he gives sound advice to listeners and has a weekly spot on La Quotidienne on France 5.
In his latest book, published by Plon and entitled " Le Dictionnaire amoureux des arbres", he reveals his passion for these plants that can live for a thousand years and more and transmit a desire for eternity.
He tells us why: “Where there are no trees, there's no life”.