At the very beginning of June, I had the opportunity to go with my tour group to see Monet’s Gardens in Giverny.
Monet is one of my most favorite painters besides my grandmother.
Here is a bit of information about the place and of course my pictures.
Let me start with a picture at a cute little cafe. We waited for our guide here and had a quick cup of coffee.
In 1883, Monet settled in the home that they were renting. He was able to purchase it in 1890. Ten years later he purchased the land across the road and turned it into the water lily garden. He was the chief architect of the garden and employed 7 gardeners to assist him with the work. Monet did not like constrained gardens, he preferred to plant by color.
My pictures below are of the garden that is in front of the house, it is called Clos Normand, The day that I visited was a rainy day, it made for some beautiful pictures.
The rest of the pictures are of the Japanese garden. The waterlilies have to be tended to and the pond ‘mucked out’ daily so that they do not take over the pond.
You can see the famous green bridges that he often painted. These are not the original bridges as they had to be redone before visitors were allowed to visit. I also went inside his home. I was one of the tourist who actually followed the rules and did not take pictures of the inside of the house.
Today the home has about 500,000 visitors a year and is open 9 months out of the year. The funds to restore and make it a place for people to visit was mainly donated by Americans in the late 1970’s. The foundation is now self supporting and employes over 700 people. I loved Giverny and I look forward to going back in the fall to see what is blooming and growing. I am told that visits a different times of the year are very rewarding.