The gardens of the Grand Trianon are smaller than the extensive formal grounds of the estate but are impressive nonetheless. Trianon is the palace of gardens, every room has a view of the gardens, which are entirely devoted to flowers, with a stunning number of varieties chosen for their colors and scents. “The tuberoses drive us away from Trianon every evening,” Madame de Maintenon wrote in a letter dated 8 August 1689. “The excess of fragrance causes men and women to feel ill.” All the decoration, paintings and panel sculptures are based on flowers.
I didn't take a lot of pictures, we will have to come back, so for once this will be a short post. It is really nice just to stand in the shade of the portico and enjoy the view. This would be a great place for some lawn chairs, a bucket of beers and a barbecue. Even though the scale of this place is still like an Italian palace, it just seems more livable than the main Palace.
As I said, the fountains were not on when we visited but this is the Buffet d’eau fountain with the water on. In 1703 Hardouin-Mansart had this fountain, also called the Cascade, built on the same axis as the Trianon-sous-Bois wing’s northern end. It was decorated with different coloured marbles ornamented with lead sculptures by Mazière, Le Lorrain, Hardy, Poirier and Van Clève.
Les Roses, the books online: http://www.apictureofroses.com/cms/home/les-roses.htm