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Giverny is a delightful, typical Norman Seine-side village. Internationally recognised in the work of Claude Monet, the painter lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. The gardens have since been replanted to replicate the conditions from when Monet was alive, and the studio he used for his famous Water Lilies series has also been restored.
Discover the world of painter and gardener Claude Monet. The place he called home for more than 40 years, Giverny is a world of sensory experiences, of colours and of memory. In his lifetime, Monet transformed an abandoned plot of land into a floral masterpiece that became the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art.
When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883, the one-hectare piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road contained an apple orchard and was enclosed by high stone walls. During his lifetime, Monet transformed it into Le Clos Normand, a garden full of perspective, symmetry and colour. The ranges in height create a fascinating sense of volume, and fruit trees and ornamental trees abound among climbing roses, long-stemmed hollyhocks and colourful banks of annual flowers. To make the garden of his dreams a reality, Monet often mixed the simplest flowers (daisies and poppies) with the rarest varieties.
Ten years after his arrival at Giverny, in 1893 Monet bought the piece of land neighbouring his property on the other side of the railway line. He decided to have a narrow portion of the river Epte diverted and to create a pond. In the Water Garden, visitors can find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo forest and, of course, the famous water lilies, which bloom all summer long. The pond and the surrounding vegetation form an enclosure separated from the adjacent countryside.
2019 opening hours:
March 22 - November 1: Open daily, 9:30am - 6pm