We were here May 2016. The day was great for walking in the gardens. My favorite flower was the red poppy. We brought red poppy seeds to plant at home. They are growing now.
The land is divided into flowerbeds where flower clumps of different heights create volume. Fruit trees or ornamental trees dominate the climbing roses, the long -stemmed hollyhocks and the coloured banks of annuals. Monet mixed the simplest flowers (daisies and poppies) with the most rare varieties.
The central alley is covered over by iron arches on which climbing roses grow. Other rose trees cover the balustrade along the house. At the end of the summer nasturtiums invade the soil in the central alley.
Claude Monet did not like organized nor constrained gardens. He married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow rather freely.
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
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.
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.
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 €
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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).