On the second day of our garden tour, we went to the most famous garden in France — Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny. We were met there by the head gardener, James Priest. This garden inspired Monet’s paintings. Now, Monet’s paintings inspire the current design of the garden.
The woman to the left of James Priest was our guide for the day, Claire Joyes, author of several books on Monet. Claire Joyes said, “This is a delightful moment in the year because everything is waking up.”
I loved the riot of colors in the flower beds below the house. Rick liked the underlying formal structure that disappeared under the plantings.
Of course, we saw the famous Japanese Bridge. Here’s a photo of the wisteria growing on the bridge.
We ate lunch at the location of the Hotel Baudy, the lodging place for many Impressionist painters, including Mary Cassatt, when they made the pilgrimage to Giverny.
After lunch, we toured the gardens in front of the Impressionists Museum in Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny. These gardens are organized by color. Here’s a shot of the white garden.
Our final stop in Giverny was Le Hameau, The Hamlet, a historic property next door to Claude Monet’s house. It housed Impressionist painters, visitors, teachers and students in the decades before and after 1900. One of Rick’s favorite gardens of the whole trip was this little gem with its simple benches and pollarded trees.
There are more photos from our day at Giverny on my Flickr page: Joy’s Photostream.
I’m posting these photos as part of Saturday Snapshot, a group of bloggers posting photos on the weekend. Check out today’s list at West Metro Mommy Reads.
The Japanese Bridge almost looks like a painting itself. Oh my word, gorgeous photos Joy!
What wonderful gardens! A “riot of colors” is a great description. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
I’ve always wanted to go there – your photos make it look exactly as I’ve always imagined it would. My Snapshot is http://goo.gl/9IGEs
I probably should have mentioned the crowds. I was kind of careful to take photos where people were less in evidence. But on a lovely spring Sunday? There were a ton of people!
Lovely! We visited the gardens last August and just loved it!!
I’d like to go back in the late summer some time, when the water lilies are blooming.
Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing.
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What an incredible place. We love touring gardens and this one would be amazing!
I tried to leave a comment on your post about the new Paris book but I couldn’t find a way to leave remarks. Glad to know that you liked it so much. I can’t wait to read it now.
Thanks! I cut off comments on posts over a week old because monitoring the spam folder was becoming a full time job. But maybe I’ll stretch it a bit longer now that I’m home again to keep up on the chore. It would be fun to have comments open on all of my France posts as I’m slowly loading up the pictures.
I love the white garden, amazing. Visiting Monet’s garden is on my bucket list.
Looks like a beautiful tour! Of course you have to see the famous bridge… 🙂
The gardens are gorgeous.
Beautiful photos! I’ve been to France a couple of times but had never gone to visit this garden. Now it’s a must-see for me… next time. Thanks for sharing.
So far, your trip to France looks to have been just wonderful. The photos you have been posting are incredible and as the gardens. Makes me want to go back and see all these for myself again.
I love your comment ‘waking up’, so true! I will go back to France, I have only had a long weekend in Paris. So much to explore.
I love Monet but unfortunately we didn’t get to see any if this when we in Normandy last year. Sounds like your trip was great!
Interesting how the soft colors of the flowers do make me think of Monet. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing
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