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A garden worth painting

A garden worth painitng indeed

A garden worth painting

Such a well known painting by Monet of his garden in Giverny.

Oh, how I would love to visit there. My Granny and Grandad had a print of this painting in their lounge and I studied it in A level Art History. I have looked at it for hours.

I would so like to see the place that inspired it.

Photo: El Brown

I remember going to Paris as an art student and seeing the waterlily paintings for the first time in L’Orangerie  and being enchanted.

Photo: 101holidays

Take a look at  the real thing …. I have just showed my daughter and her eyes were wide. ‘Oh mummy, how beautiful, can we go there?’

Photo: Savagecat

Oh how I would love to go there too how beautiful. A garden worth painting indeed.

Monet lived at Giverny from 1883 to 1926 and spent all his money and time developing these beautiful gardens. Apparently he told a friend,

“All my money goes into my garden,” he said. But also: “I am in raptures.’

According to the toursit guide to the gardens…

‘Monet did not like organized nor constrained gardens. He married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow rather freely’.

I have to say I like his style!

Waterlilies are top of my list next time I go to the garden centre. I’m now wondering how to get a little bridge in my garden too. Hmmm. (May require a house move/updgrade)



  1. March 29, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    that garden is also on my list of places to visit – so beautiful x

  2. March 28, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Oh my goodness how wonderful – I would absolutely love to go there. Was a fantastic post Becky. Weirdly I had this funnily feeling with the first Monet, I’d forgotten a took a photo at Wisley last year which is similar – maybe they planned it that way. Lovely post x

  3. Katie
    March 27, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    My mother took me there and I loved it. I would love to take my own children one day. I ADORE the quote from the tour guide. It’s just perfect. I wish I had the knack to create a garden like that. I don’t like order and over planning in the garden, but I don’t seem to have the ability to create romance like that either, but I can admire that in others.

  4. Emma @ Tales of a Greenwood
    March 27, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Oh yes I really agree, I would love to visit. I went to the Yves st Laurent garden in Marrakech a few years ago, it was magnificent.

  5. Hellie's Corner
    March 27, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    I have tried paint plants in my garden, but with no success, so I stick to photographing them. Oh to have a fraction of Monet’s talent.

  6. Claudia
    March 27, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    ah yes, good old Monet. i would love to one day go to paris as well

  7. Merlinda Little
    March 27, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I love visual arts and I can why flowers and gardens inspired a lot of famous paintings. they are just too pretty and they need to be immortalized =)


    • becky
      March 27, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      Oh i agree

  8. Tina Mansfield
    March 27, 2014 / 10:28 am

    Those pictures are beautiful and so well know, I bet the garden is as beautiful. I haven never been but would consider it

    • becky
      March 27, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      oh yes indeed

  9. Iona@redpeffer
    March 27, 2014 / 9:45 am

    My mum has been to Giverny and says it is beautiful. I you would love to visit there one day.

  10. Mammasaurus
    March 27, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Oh you have no idea how much I’d love to go there! Really inspiring Becky – thank you for sharing x

    • becky
      March 27, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      Most welcome Annie

  11. March 27, 2014 / 9:12 am

    oh i would so love to visit that garden x

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