Monday, July 27, 2009

Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny

Claude Monet's garden at Giverny

There are two parts in Monet's garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. The two parts of Monet's garden contrast and complement one another.

When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883 the piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls.

A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two parts. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews closest to the house to please Alice.

From this Clos Normand of about one hectare, Monet made a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colours.

The land is divided into flowerbeds where flower clumps of different heights create volume. Fruit trees or ornamental trees dominate the climbing roses, the long -stemmed hollyhocks and the coloured banks of annuals. Monet mixed the simplest flowers (daisies and poppies) with the most rare varieties.

The central alley is covered over by iron arches on which climbing roses grow. Other rose trees cover the balustrade along the house. At the end of the summer nasturtiums invade the soil in the central alley.

Claude Monet did not like organized nor constrained gardens. He married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow rather freely.

Open daily
From April 1st to November 1st
From 9.30 AM to 6.00 PM

Closed exceptionally on Monday April 27th, 2009.
Last entrance at 5.30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at Giverny Individual Entrance
at the following rates:

  • Normal fare and seniors: 6,00 euros
  • Disabled: 3,00 euros
  • Children under 7 y.o.: free of charge
  • Children under 12 y.o.: 3.50 euros
  • Students: 4.50 euros

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