I have seen many botanical gardens in my life but none so charming Claude Monet’s House and Garden In Giverny. On my last visit to Paris in September, I set aside an afternoon to take the train to Monet’s house and it was well worth the trip.
These gardens served as a living canvas for Monet and inspired some of his most famous works. Giverny is a small commune in the Normandy region of France, 50 miles outside of Paris. This is the place where Claude Monet chose to spend the last 43 years of his life and artistically cultivate the gardens that inspired many of his paintings. It is here that art enthusiasts can witness the scene that captivated the master painter.
A ticket to enter gives visitors access to Monet’s house and the freedom to roam his cultivated gardens, divided into two main areas: the Clos Normand and the Water Garden.
The flower gardens in front of Monet’s house are vibrant flower beds arranged in a symmetrical pattern, creating a visual feast for visitors. Gardens are cultivated by rows and flowers grow wild. One can slowly wander around to admire the blooming botanicals dancing in the sunlight.
The gardens are extremely well tended, I noticed the landscapers judiciously deadheading each perennial so that each plant produces new buds and full bloom. One can’t resist pausing to take countless pictures of individual flowers amidst their utterly perfect bloom.
Across the street is the tranquil water garden filled with water lilies on a mirror surrounded by pond-like weeping willows, the same flowers immortalized in Monet’s series of iconic water lily paintings. The water park is a very peaceful place to meditate and spend time in the surrounding nature. I imagine the pink is more vibrant in late spring and throughout the summer.
My visit was in late September just as the lilies were fading and the fall leaves were starting their show, I could feel the season changing in the air.
A visit to Monet’s Gardens at Giverny offers a blend of art, nature and history, making it a unique destination for those looking for a sensory and cultural experience. It is a place where art and nature come together, where one can experience serenity and gather inspiration from the surrounding gardens.
Exploring Monet’s residence offers a glimpse into the life of one of the most influential figures in art history. Inside the residence you can admire several famous original works up close.
A walk around the interior of the house allows visitors to step back in time with its preserved furniture and colors. Just like in his paintings, every color is represented within the château, from pale lilac to cerulean blue to intense yellow.
Best time to visit is April to October. How to get there by train? Buy a ticket to the 8th arrondissement at Saint Lazare, the train that takes visitors directly to the town of Vernon/Giverni where you get off and then take a bus or trolley for another 15 minutes to the garden. be sure Book your ticket Before showing up, there is a window when you can enter.
We arrived in the afternoon when it was crowded and I had to wait 45 minutes for a tour group to pass to really enjoy the gardens. I recommend going earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds. You can spend an hour or two exploring the surrounding village of Vernon or find a bite to eat in the village or in Giverny after a stroll through the gardens.
Have you had a chance to visit this special place in France?