What Should You Know About the Monet Garden at Giverny?


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Giverny was painter Claude Monet's home in the northwest of France for 43 years. Located in the Normandy region, the home and gardens are about 50 miles west of Paris. Monet used the gardens, and the surrounding village, as subject matter for his paintings. Open from the end of March until the beginning of November each year, the gardens include a symmetrical section designed by Monet, a main alleyway and a Japanese-style water garden.

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The Clos Normand is the flower garden section right outside Monet's home. It has some semblance of order, but many varieties of flowers are mixed together, just like the artist liked it. Fruit and ornamental trees share space with multi-colored daisies and poppies. The central alley, framed in iron arches, was designed for Monet's climbing roses.

The water garden, especially the lily ponds, often found its way onto Monet's canvases. The Japanese design, complete with a large arched bridge, was taken from prints the artist collected. Smaller bridges were used as accents throughout. Monet was also fond of wisteria, and planted it throughout his water oasis.

Nearly 500,000 people visit Monet's garden each year. Pathways wander through the garden to keep visitors off the plants. The gardens and the family home, also open to the public, were restored by the Academie des Beaux-Arts. Self guided and guided tours are available.

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