Visitors to Paris will see some splendid ‘grand avenue’ gardens which celebrate the status of France in the modern world and are quite spectacular. But for those who like their gardens to be a more romantic experience, you cant go past a short train ride to Giverny, just 45 mins west of the capital.
Its a place he was drawn to and found so much inspiration that he stayed the rest of his life here. Monet once said “I am first and foremost a painter and a gardener, I’m not much use for anything else.” Well, we all know what a great artist he was and now we know what a great gardener he was too.
The charming pink and green shuttered house sits at the top of the property with sweeping views down across the semi-formal gardens that are intensely planted and chock full of areas of delight and colour.
A bubbling stream feeds the lake and plantings of bamboo provide a useful backdrop to keep the eye focussed within the garden grounds. Again the plantings are intense and immaculate, always providing colour palettes to match the romantic nature of Monet’s work.
For those who like to know more about the man then the house is also open. This provides a wonderful insight into life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in rural France and it is not difficult to imagine the gatherings of the ‘artistic elite’ who often met here to talk and exchange views.
See full Gardens of the World entry here.
Author: Bob Saunders (www.gardensonline.com.au)