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Andre Le Notre pumped in water from the Seine River to create the Grand Canal at Chateau of Versailles. (Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

France’s Chateau of Versailles has pulled out all the stops for one of its favorite sons, gardener Andre Le Notre, who designed the palace’s famous gardens. This year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Le Notre’s birth, several of the garden’s fountains are being restored and the chateau is hosting an exhibit on his life through February 2014.

Experts say Le Notre’s work was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture.

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Eleanor Beardsley
NPR

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