A visit to Claude Monet's garden at Giverny
Giverny, Claude Monet House & Gardens. France. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 to his death in 1926, and directed the renovation of the house, retaining its pink-painted walls. Colours from the painter's own palette were used for the interior -green for the doors and shutters, yellow in the dining room, complete with Japanese Prints from the 18th and 19th centuries, and blue for the kitchen. Monet had the nearby river Epte partially diverted for the gardens and hired up to seven gardeners to tend to it. The Gardens are divided into two distinctive parts, which have been restored according to Monet's own specifications: - The Clos-Normand was modelled after Monet's own artistic vision when he settled in Giverny. He spent years transforming the garden into a living en plein air painting, planting thousands of flowers in straight-lined patterns. - Across the road from the Clos-Normand, Monet acquired in 1893 a vacant piece of land across the road, which he transformed into a water garden by diverting water from the stream Ru, an arm of the Epte river. That garden became famous during his lifetime with his series of monumental paintings, the Nymphéas. The water garden is marked by Monet's fascination for Japan, with its green Japanese bridge and oriental plants. The waterlilies were meticulously tended by a gardener employed for that sole purpose.