Garden Inspiration: Monet’s Garden in Giverny

A few weekends ago we made a stop over on the way to a friends wedding in the Loire Valley at Monet’s Garden in Giverny. We drove down via the Eurotunnel, and this was a stop off that was just a bit more than half way.

Giverny is one of the loveliest garden villages I have ever seen and Monet’s garden, complete with his famous water lily pond & bridge is every bit as beautiful as the paintings. I think we’re all familier with the paintings, but,what is more impressive, is that he created the gardens first- and then painted them. I always think that creating a garden is like making an artwork, but a bit more random, and constantly evolving.. and often a bit surprising. 

I could go on, and on about how gorgeous it was, but instead, I’ll just post here a small selection of the photos I took. 

I was truly inspired by my visit and will definitely be back again, especially now I know that it’s not too tricky to get to from the UK…. and that it is on the way to the Loire and all the warm hospitality & delicious organic wines we discovered there. 

Giverny Village

Giverny  Rose arch web

Rose Arch in Giverny

 

Giverny Rose

Peach Rose, Giverny, France

 

 

Clematis in Giverny

Clematis climbing up a wall, Giverny.

 

Window with Poppies Giverny

Blue Shuttered Window with Poppies, Giverny

 

Wildflower meadow Giverny, France

Wildflower Meadow , Giverny

 

Roses on fence Giverny

Climbing Roses, Giverny

 

Old Barn with Roses Giverny

Even the broken old sheds are beautiful! Giverny

 

Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden Bamboo

Bamboo, on the River diversion flowing into Monet’s Water Lily Pond

Monet's Garden 4

That Green! Monet’s Garden. Giverny

Monet's Garden 6

Flowers lining the stream leading into the Water Lily Pond. Monet’s Garden.

Monet's Garden

Loving the scale of the leaves. Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden. Lily Pond and Bridge

The Water Lily Pond. Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden- The Bridge over waterlilies

The Japanese Bridge. Monet’s Garden

Monet's Water Lily Pond with Gardener in boat

Monet’s Water Lily Pond with Gardener in Boat.

Blue Lupin Monet's Garden

Blue Lupin, Monet’s Garden

 

Me- in Monet's Garden, looking at the Waterlily Pond

I couldn’t get enough of the Water Lily Pond. I was dragged away, not long after this pic of me was snapped.

 

Iris. Monet's Garden

Iris, Monet’s Garden

Poppy and Bee. In Monet's Garden

This bumble bee was so happy buzzing around the poppies, I just had to take a few snaps. This one was miraculously clear!

 

Iris, Monet's House, Monet's Garden

Monet’s Garden with his house in the background.

Borders, with Lupin, Allium and roses. Monet's Garden

Gorgeous Border inspiration. Monet’s Garden. Giverny

 See? So inspiring. every little corner, including random windows and broken down sheds. We were in a bit of a hurry to get on to the festivities planned later that day for the wedding we were going to, so didn’t manage to take a look inside Monet’s house.. but I promise you, we’ll be back. 

Monet’s Garden is in my top 10 of inspirational gardens. The colours! The borders! The way different aspects move from one to another, and even though it was teeming with tourists, it still felt tranquil & calm…. amazing. 

Tell me your favourite garden to visit. I’m on the hunt for more inspiration.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jo Macdonald
    June 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

    What beautiful photos, thanks for sharing them. I love Monet’s paintings but have never been to Giverny. Will definitely be adding it to my travel bucket list 🙂

    • Reply
      louise
      June 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

      It’s a must see for sure! I’ll be definitely returning! 🙂

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