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Add a Review. Add To List. In Alain Baraton's Versailles, every grove tells a story. We tend to think technology will come to our rescue in these times of climate crisis. But it looks more and more as if plants will help us save our — and their — world.

People have roots too, and many of us wither under stress. Wall found herself in a stage of life some might describe as pot-bound. That, and the worst-looking yard on her block, left her feeling wilted. Then she met Giles Owita, an immigrant from Kenya who was struggling to support his family in Roanoke, Va. So did her garden when Owita took over its care.

Before long he was tending gardens all over the neighborhood. As they haggled about azaleas, an unlikely friendship began to bloom, and over its course Wall confronts startling moments of comeuppance.

The gardener of Versailles : my life in the world's grandest

She learns that the man she assumed was an uneducated worker has a doctorate in horticulture from Virginia Tech and had been a college professor in his homeland. Yet, mysteriously, he has never been able to find academic employment in the United States.

My Life in the World's Grandest Garden

His wife, working as a nurse, has a Ph. Nolan grew up in suburban Chicago, a bright, hard-working, high-achieving child. When, after 17 years, she finally broke free and returned home, she was the single mother of a toddler, utterly bereft, underweight and hollow-eyed. Nolan learned many things as she began to build a new life for herself in the loving but baffled embrace of kind, compassionate parents. But despite all the harrowing heartache of her life in the commune, Nolan learned a few useful things there: Organic farming.

The value of hard work. Perseverance and collaboration.