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The American Grove at Versailles

tree-campaign_leach-astierInauguration of The American GroveFollowing the devastating wind storms that destroyed 10,000 trees in the park of the Château of Versailles in 1999, French Heritage Society undertook a campaign to create a grove of American trees near the Petit Hameau of Marie-Antoinette as a symbol of American concern and empathy.

French Heritage Society contacted the Governors of the 50 states asking them to donate their state tree to be planted in the American Grove.

French Heritage Society brought together officials of the various state forest departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the French Department of Agriculture, custom officials, and the gardeners of the châteaux, who worked together to organize this touching tribute to French-American friendship. The American Grove was dedicated in a ceremony attended by American Ambassador Howard L. Leach on October 22, 2001.

Versailles: Adopt-a-Tree Campaign

tree-campaign_photo-remy-de-la-mauviniere_apA downed 200-year-old beech tree planted for Marie Antoinette.The Château de Versailles suffered considerable damage to its park as over 10,000 trees were uprooted during intense storms in 1999. French Heritage Society, through its Adopt-a-Tree Campaign, has raised over $200,000 toward replanting trees.

Generous support was provided by foundations, corporations and individuals, in particular the Florence Gould Foundation and American Express.

Many donors from across the United States and abroad have purchased commemorative trees that are flourishing, thus giving the grounds new life.

tree-campaign_mrs-leachMrs. Leach plants a tree at
The American Grove.
The American Grove campaign, devised in response to the outpouring of US support for the Adopt-a-Tree project, created a grove of each of the 50 state trees near the Petit Hameau of Marie-Antoinette in the park of Versailles.

Dedicated in the presence of American Ambassador Howard L. Leach on October 22, 2001, The American Grove celebrates its tenth anniversary as a testament to French Heritage Society’s continued engagement and support for the Château and Park of Versailles.

The American Grove