Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Words by
Emily Sia Lian Wong
Images by
Emily Sia Lian Wong
| July 23, 2014

One hour north of Paris, amongst the rolling countryside, teams of young, dedicated gardeners sculpt a chromatic paradise of poppies, salvia and climbing rose. Monet’s garden at Giverny is a refugia of colour. 

In the height of summer, dense and verdant greenery explodes into the deeply saturated magentas, violets and ochre yellows of the North. Colour itself seems to be grown here, a unique and vibrant palette coaxed by the dark, rich soils and primordial rays of Normandy. George Clemenceau once described the garden as a subject of ‘unquenchable joy’, and Monet himself referred to it as his ‘most beautiful masterpiece’.

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