Claude Monet © Eure Tourisme, O. Aubert

A garden like no other

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A garden like no other

Known throughout the world, Claude Monet's garden in Giverny has greatly inspired the Master of Impressionism.


Before he moved to Giverny, the garden was only a vast area enclosed by walls mostly planted with fruit trees. Monet designed his garden just like he painted a canvas, imagining a succession of colour harmonies changing with the seasons that Marcel Proust described as "a garden of tones and colours even more than of flowers, not so much a garden of flowers in the old sense, than a garden of colours".


The Clos Normand

Opposite the house, the Clos Normand is a reinterpretation of a French formal garden where more than 900 species of flowers thrive and create perpetual explosions of colours. The peonies grow beautifully in the middle of the campanulas, lilies and delphiniums. Rose bushes of all sorts announce the arrival of summer while dahlias, anemones and asters set the scene for autumn. The garden quickly turns into a painting.


Jardin de Claude Monet, Le Clos Normand © Eure Tourisme,, P. Forget




The Water Garden

In 1893, Monet extended his garden to create the Water Garden. So, he bought the piece of land neighbouring his garden on the other side of the road and railway, where the Ru, an arm of the river Epte, flows. He had a pond dug and supplied by the water diverted from the Ru. In 1895, he had the Japanese footbridge built over the famous water lily pond. This pond, which had become his main source of inspiration, would be in most of his paintings after 1895.

"It took me a long time to understand my water lilies… I had planted them without thinking of painting them… And then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of the enchantment of my pond. I took my palette. Since then I've had no other model."(C. Monet).


Pont japonais, jardin d'Eau, Fondation Monet © Eure Tourisme, O. Aubert


Find out more about the flowers in the garden in Giverny.