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By Ariane, Guide Interpreter, Giverny France

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  • 04/28/17--06:04: Giverny Beauties
  • Giverny Beauties
    Spring makes us all want to walk in beautiful gardens. At Giverny, azaleas and tulips gradually give way to irises, peonies and wisterias. The first water lilies should open within two weeks, recreating once more Monet’s beautiful setting and endless source of inspiration.   In the flower garden, visitors meander inside of a living painting […]

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  • 06/22/17--23:41: June Among Roses at Giverny
  • June Among Roses at Giverny
    Monet’s garden at Giverny mid-June. Click to enlarge. In June, roses blossom in every gardens, and especially in Monet’s flower garden at Giverny. The painter loved to trim them along trellises of all kinds, tripods, arches, or these big mushrooms that are so iconic for Giverny.  June is also the time for poppies and alliums, the big […]

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  • 08/18/17--09:25: Bringing Giverny Home
  • Bringing Giverny Home
    Many visitors of Giverny feel inspired by Monet’s flower garden. Here is how to capture its spirit: choose a main color to create an almost monochromatic flower bed combine as many different flowers in this range of color as possible mix up flower sizes and shapes, trying not to have two same flowers side by side […]

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  • 09/02/17--01:47: Japanese Anemone
  • Japanese Anemone
    Late summer is a feast for the eyes in Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Japanese anemones, among many other flowers, are at their best. Claude Monet grew them along the main alley. He loved their elegant white flowers popping out against a beautiful green foliage. On the photos taken in his times, simple white Japanese anemones can […]

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  • 03/06/18--00:25: Yews
  • Yews
    Seen from Monet’s bedroom, these two imposing trees are yews. They were not planted by Claude Monet: they are older. He found them when he arrived at Giverny. They appear on old photos, although we don’t know of any pic that is from the eighteen eighties. The garden became the focus of photographers after its […]

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  • 04/07/18--01:57: Giverny’s Fragrance
  • Giverny’s Fragrance
    The blooming of hyacinths is the sign that Spring has arrived at last. In Monet’s garden they are planted by hundreds. They are beautiful for their colors ranging from white to pale yellow, pink, purple, blue and even almost black, but to tell the truth it is their scent that makes them irresistible. If we […]

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  • 04/23/18--02:01: The Tulips of Giverny
  • The Tulips of Giverny
    The name of Monet and his garden at Giverny evoke specific flowers: water lilies, wisterias, irises in large rows… It rarely brings up images of tulips. The big tulip show of April is a surprise to many visitors.  Tulips in Monet’s times were not yet what they are now, but Monet planted them and painted […]

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  • 05/16/18--10:56: Do Foxes Wear Gloves?
  • Do Foxes Wear Gloves?
    Monet’ house at Giverny, mid-May. Click to enlarge.  Some flower names sound really strange, like foxgloves. These tall and beautiful flowers (also called digitalis) photographed here at the top of the main alley in Claude Monet’s flower garden like the shade of the two old yews. Under the dark branches, they feel at home, as […]

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