How to cre­ate a gar­den that’s pic­ture per­fect

Cre­ate a gar­den that even Monet him­self would be happy to paint!

Garden News (UK) - - News - Words Naomi Slade

Claude Monet is prob­a­bly best re­mem­bered for his im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings of Ja­panese bridges, weep­ing wil­lows and wa­terlilies. But he was just as much a gar­dener as he was a painter and he ded­i­cated much of his life to cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful and richly de­tailed gar­den at Giverny in Nor­mandy.

He is quoted as say­ing: ‘Colour is my ob­ses­sion, joy and tor­ment.’ And he painted and re-painted his land­scapes to cap­ture the chang­ing light and pass­ing sea­sons. The warm June gar­den yielded some of his finest work and few painters have cap­tured the spirit of sum­mer bet­ter, and it’s all still there, kept as it would have been at his peak of pro­duc­tiv­ity. Those fa­mous scenes, fa­mil­iar from a thou­sand greet­ings cards, are recre­ated in real life.

Like Monet, we can cre­ate liv­ing can­vases at home – the best place to watch the sea­sons change. As gar­dens hit their peak, filled with flow­ers and dap­pled with sun­shine, our own cre­ations can en­thral and in­spire – and paint­ing it is op­tional!

Monet’s wa­ter gar­den in spring, with for­get-menots and daf­fodils, be­fore the wa­terlilies are out Claude Monet, above, was a pas­sion­ate gar­dener. Below, The Wa­ter Lily Pond, painted in 1899

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