Monet’s Garden, Giverny_0334

Monet’s Garden, Giverny_0334

“Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny are like his paintings—brightly coloured patches that are messy but balanced. Flowers were his brushstrokes, a bit untamed and slapdash, but part of a carefully composed design.” Rick Steves

In 1883 Monet, his wife Alice and their children moved into a farmhouse at Giverny, 80 kilometres west of Paris in Normandy. The hectare or so of land in front of the house was planted with an orchard enclosed by high walls. A central alley bordered by pines divided it into two parts. Monet had the trees cut down and laid out garden beds where he mixed simple daisies, hollyhocks, and poppies with exotic varieties to create the gardens that became muses for so many of his paintings. The central alley was turned into a long arbor with iron trestles covered with climbing roses. Especially in summer and early autumn this becomes a blaze of colour with nasturtiums smothering the pathway leading to and from the house.

In its completed form, there are two parts to the garden at Giveny: the enclosed garden (Clos Normand) in front of the house and the Water Garden on the other side of what is now a busy highway. It is in this garden that the Japanese Bridge, water lily ponds, weeping willows and a bamboo forrest are to be found.

For a rather nicely illustrated map of the gardens, click here:…

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