Claude Monet's Gardens - Clos Normand, Giverny

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    Irise's in Monet's garden
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    Flowers in the street garden
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  • Monet's Lake & Japanese bridge.
    Monet's Lake & Japanese bridge.
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    THE WATER GARDEN

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2011

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    I guess this is the most well known of Monet's garden.

    Just like many of us Photographer's, Monet, the Artist, was fascinated by the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. He liked it so much, that in 1893 he acquired land at the bottom of the Clos Normand and created a Lake which then became his "water garden." He built a Japanese bridge and painted it green instead of the usual Red. There is a real oriental feeling in this part of the garden as plants in this area are bamboo, ginkgo biloba, maples, peonies, lilies and weeping willows. This is the bridge you see in his paintings.
    A trail leads around both sides of the Lake, a lovely walk where there is something new around every corner, really delightful!

    You have to pass through a tunnel to reach this part of the garden

    ADMISSION IN 2011....8 euros
    OPEN 9.30 - 6pm daily

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    CLOS NORMAND @ MONET'S GARDEN

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2011

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    On entering Monet's garden, I realized this garden was not one of those "tidy" gardens, but one of blending colours and plants. Yes, there was some nice laid out areas, like the main garden alley, but most of it is what I call an "untidy garden."
    There were Fruit trees amongst the garden, climbing Roses & Rose bushes were in flower, lots and lots of Irises were in bloom, Peonies, Wallflowers, Hollyhocks and many more flowers all blooming at the same time. Claude Monet did not like organized or constrained gardens, this is obvious when you visit here.
    It was a "flower feast" for the eyes.

    The garden is open 9.30 - 6pm daily

    ADMISSION IN 2011 FOR ADULTS....8 euros.

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    Reaching MONET'S GARDEN

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2011

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    I have to start somewhere, so why not the car-park if you are driving to the gardens.
    The sign-posted car-park is not actually at the gardens, but about 200metres away. There are lots of spaces, but there are lots of people who take their cars too, so I should imagine in the high season, it would be over-full.
    We found a park with our car, then followed the other people to the end of the car park, to a gate which led out onto Rue Claude Monet. This street is narrow, but pretty, with us passing by some nice public gardens. Plenty of greenery and flowers, this Village takes pride in its appearance.
    Monet's Garden was about 200metres on the right after entry into the street from the car-park.

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    Visit Claude Monet's House and Gardens

    by Herkbert Written Aug 6, 2011
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    If you are a fan of Monet, then you have to visit Giverny to see where so much of his inspiration came from. The house and gardens are a terrific place to just walk and absorb the beauty. There are many varieties of flowers and vines throughout the gardens, then across the street is the famous pond with more flowers, a wisteria covered bridge and the water lilies.

    The Foundation Claude Monet is open everyday from the 1st of April to the 1st of November included (including BANK HOLIDAYS) from 9.30 am to 6 pm (last admission 5.30 pm)

    Price list : Adults 8 €, Children under 12 years old and students 5 €

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    Go round the garden- of course!

    by ranger49 Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    The grande allée of Giverny - the vaulted trellis is usually covered with seasonal climbing spreding plants but the roses were a little sparse on this visit.

    The first picture shows the pathway leading to the house - note that the flowers beds are allowed to grow over creating zig-zagged edging.

    The second picture shows the other end of the pathway leading to the back gate.

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    the Watergarden

    by hevbell Written Oct 7, 2007

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    water garden

    Of course Giverny is probably most famous as the place where Monet painted all his waterlily/nymphea paintings. The water garden is in a seperate part of the garden that Monet bought at a later date and then had a river diverted in order to create the pond you see today. As its across a road from the main garden and house it is reached through an underpass at the far bottom corner of the main garden.

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    Clos Normand

    by hevbell Written Oct 7, 2007

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    After a look around the house you have to spend a good while just strolling around the gardens at the back of the house. When Monet was alive he employed a few gardeners to keep things in order and to keep colour in the garden as long as possible. We had visited in September and I was a bit concerned that it might be past its best colour wise and most of it would just be green but that wasn't the case and I was pleasantly surprised!

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    Enjoy the flowers

    by Segolily Written Aug 11, 2007

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    simply gorgeous
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    What else to do in Giverny but enjoy the flowers of Claude Monet's gardens. The waterlily pond is truly a tapestry in 3-D. With flowers of every kind blooming the waterlilies have definite competition. We were able to enjoy them all on a recent visit in June. Yes it was crowded, but it didn't seem to matter, the flowers were everything

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    Monet and his Garden

    by Kettleman Updated May 8, 2007

    Simply fantastic and well worth the long ride from UK for a day trip!

    Visiting on the UK May Day BH might seem a bad time but at least the weather was hot and sunny. The wait inline wasn't too long and the walls of the house shade you anyway.

    It is impossible to describe the gardens and make anything I can say match the sheer beauty of the displays. Words fail me.

    I'll add some photos when I have time to trawl through the hundreds I took!

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    Visit Monet's Garden

    by Beausoleil Written Feb 20, 2007

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    There is no way to describe the gardens. They are amazing. We were there on October 31, last day for the year, and the sun was low and made all the flowers seem to glow from within.

    There is a calendar of blooms at the website below. There are always flowers blooming and it obviously changes from season to season. Good weather is a plus but I suspect the gardens are impressive when it is misty moist outside . . . and not nearly as crowded.

    Open daily except Mondays from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM April first to October 31st.

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    Les Jardins

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 29, 2006

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    The gardens of Giverny are located in front of the Musée d'Art Américan.
    The gardens were created by Philippe Robert in 1991 as a gift to remember Claude Monet. The gardens feature a series of lush rooms created by thuya and beech hedge. Each rooms is either thematic (aromatic plants, roses...) or monochromatic (pink, white, yellow or blue).

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    Blossoms

    by Sue08080 Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    The many gardeners working in Monet's gardens assure their beauty. Most of the flowers I photographed were in shades of pink. I'm not sure if those colors predominated or if they were just the ones that caught my eye!

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    The Gardens of course!

    by kathymof Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Giverny - a bridge

    A must see and actually what everyone goes to Giverny for. They were amazing - keep in mind that you cannot exit and re-enter on the same ticket. There are a lot of people there which makes it hard to get that perfect shot without people but it is wonderful and one of those must see places. The web side listed below has a flowering calendar and other great material. The other web site is for Giverny and has great information on all sorts of things. Go early to avoid a long line for entrance. I love the picture to the left - notice the little boy to the right of the bridge.

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    Get Back to the Garden

    by ExGuyParis Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Monet's Garden

    Wander the paths through the gardens. You will find a lush riot of color. In addition to being a painter, Monet was an avid gardener. He spent much time creating the gardens behind his home and studio, which then offered him boundless subject matter for his art.

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    Monet's Gardens

    by sswagner Written Jan 9, 2005
    Monet's Lily Pads

    Here is what you came to Giverny to see. these gardens are large and are spread out in more than one section. The most colorful floral displays tend to be in the vicinity of the house while the infamous lily pads are further away.

    From the standpoint of beauty, these gardens are amazing. The displays will change depending on the time of year and month you visit. Monet specialized in painting an ever changing enviroment around him. The smell of the place indicates an active natural place, and many bees will be busy at work here.

    You will also find crowds. Everyone wants to see the famous Japanese bridge that appears in so many of the paintings. The good news is that you can walk on it. The bad news is that since you can walk on it, so can everyone else. It may be possible to get a photo of a clear bridge or only the people you want in the photo on the bridge, yet no one succeeded the day we were there. Photographers will love the color produced in their photos. Hopefully, they can accept that people will also appear in many of their landscape photos. Those famous lily pads are still there. It is interesting to compare the actual scene to the paintings.

    The gardens are often reached by tour bus. It is a little more difficult to take the train since some walking is required from the nearest train stop. Of course, one can also drive here.

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