Andre le Notre, whose birthday this is, was born into a family of gardeners in 1613 and grew up to be Louis XIV’s garden designer. Le Notre studied painting and architecture, , and he used what he learned about perspective when creating his gardens. His formal, architectural style became the envy of every monarch in Europe – all the crowned heads wanted a ‘jardin a la francaise.’
Below, some of the many Le Notre gardens that still exist. The last photo is the garden at the Chateau of Saint-Cloud – the chateau was destroyed but the gardens remain. Le Notre might be startled to see it used as a venue for an annual Paris rock festival.