Saturday, November 16, 2013

Touring Claude Monet's home and garden in Giverny, France.

I was surprised at the huge house Claude Monet had at Giverny.  It is opened for viewing and some of the rooms are exactly as he had them before he died.  His gardens were a great pleasure of his, as well as an inspiration for many of his later paintings.  He liked to entertain and had a large kitchen.  His artist studio was also a large room with a great deal of paintings on display.

The house and garden are on one side of the street while the water lily garden is across the street.  Visiting these gardens was a dream come true, since on my other visits, I did not have the opportunity to visit.

These arbors are full of roses during the height of rose season in June.  Since I was there in September, it gives me another reason to return in June at high rose time. Luckily there were some roses still in bloom.  Some were bushes, some were standards while others were clipped way back after they bloomed in June.

Monet took great pride in his garden and enjoyed planting many varieties of flowers which he then included in his paintings.  He liked to paint them at different times of the day.  As the light and shade varied, this was reflected in the color variations of his paintings.

Well I hope you enjoyed this abbreviated tour of the gardens.  I am still pinching myself to make sure it was not just a dream.  I waited so long to see Monet's garden. I am happy to have photographs and videos to relive the memories.     For more videos please visit and subscribe to my garden channel on YouTube.

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