The birth of the Versailles Planter took place at the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. This beautifully functional planter was designed by Andre Le Notre, the architect of the garden and was used by Louis XIV’s gardeners to move orange trees out of the cold into the Orangery each winter. The design featured removable sides and cast iron bands, posts and hinges to access the roots of the plant for trimming and to add soil. Today we see many modern variations on this iconic square planter and Eye of the Day offers many different versions, from American concrete square planters to Italian terracotta squares. Our custom square redwood planters have proven to be extremely popular AND versatile. These planters can be finished in any color with the highest quality exterior high gloss or satin oil-based paint for longevity and can be fitted with an optional galvanized or copper insert. Obviously, a logical plant for this container would be a citrus tree or a boxwood topiary, in fact the square planter is interchangeably referred to as a Citrus Planter, Topiary Planter and a Topiary Square. Whichever square planter you choose, you will know that Louis XIV would approve.
About Brent Freitas
Brent Freitas spent twenty years in commercial real estate in Los Angeles, and finally decided to leave and do something he loves. He found that something in the garden. Since 1996, he and his wife Suzi have been purveyors of authentic European and fine American garden pottery, statuary and other garden décor through their shop Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria, California.