September 19, 2012

Giverny: Flowers

Legend has it that Claude Monet noticed the small village of Giverny while looking out of a train window.  It must have been love at first sight, because he quickly moved there and rented a house nearby.  By 1890 he had enough money to buy the famous pink crushed brick house with green shutters and the surrounding land (about 2 1/2 acres) that he cultivated into the beautiful gardens that appear in so many of his paintings.

These are some of my favorite shots of the flowers in his magnificent gardens.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below?

Giverny Flower Photo #1.  These pretty purple flowers are in the shadow of Monet’s studio also trimmed with green like his house.  Monet was his own head gardener and referenced a large personal library of horticultural books in French, English, and German to create and maintain his gardens.

Giverny Flower Photo #2.  You can get a glimpse of Monet’s pink crushed brick house with green shutters in this shot.  And also get a feel for just how many flowers are in the gardens directly in front of the house.


Giverny Flower Photo #3.  It took nearly 20 years for Money to dig and expand his pond and build the Japanese bridge. 

Giverny Flower Photo #4.  After Monet’s death in 1926 the gardens slowly deteriorated.  In 1976, former Versailles chief curator Gerald Van der Kemp and his American wife Florence began to restore Monet’s home and gardens along with millions of dollars of donations.  Today, the house and gardens welcome more than 400,000 visitors during the seven months a year they are open.

Giverny Flower Photo #5.  The garden is designed to be in full bloom during the seven months it’s open each year, from spring through summer and into autumn.  

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Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. Such a sweet, interesting story…and beautiful photos. 🙂

    • Thanks, Carol! You know a lot more about flowers than I do, so I would LOVE any help you want to offer in naming the flowers in my posts!

      • All I really know for sure is what looks beautiful…and then I try to photograph them. I’ve been corrected a few times when I’ve done an Internet search and then just hope that I have the correct name…only to have another blogger come along and tell me what the REAL name is. lol! That’s why now you might see really goofy titles on my posts, like the “orangey yellow thistle type SOMETHING.” See…now I’m scared. I really loved your post…must have been a magical place to live. And I am pretty sure I saw some dahlias and cosmos in your photos…but I’m not swearing to anything, anymore. 🙂

  2. Wow that second photo is awesome 😀


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Architecture, Photography, Plants and Flowers, Travel, Water


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