Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter's Gardens (Revised Edition)

Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter's Gardens (Revised Edition)
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Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter's Gardens (Revised Edition)
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By Elizabeth Murray

Smyth-sewn casebound book with ribbon marker and jacket. 140 pages, 8¾ x 8¾ inches. Includes over 75 color photographs, along with color garden plans, transparent overlays for garden designs, and historical photographs.

ISBN 9780764953897

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"This up-to-the-minute anniversary edition is packed with some of the most ravishing images of the garden at Giverny ever recorded. There is a wonderful consistency about how Elizabeth manages to constantly invade our senses with her own lasting impressions of sunlight on figures, trees and flowers. The whole is an informal grace of pose and movement, and a total triumph of colour."—The Culture Concept Circle

"Elizabeth Murray provides [the] kind of in-depth look that only someone who has worked in Monet’s gardens and visits them annually can provide . . . For those who love Monet’s gardens and would like to have gardens like them, Murray explains how you might recreate some small part of these fabulous gardens in your own garden."—May Dreams Gardens

"This book is a must have, and read, for anyone who has ever contemplated the many paintings Monet produced of his gardens, but particularly those of his gardens at Giverny which he did more to create than anywhere else . . . "—Monet, Giverny & Normandy Blog

"This is not just a beautiful book. It is a beautiful book filled with useful and hard won facts that are translatable to us and to our own gardens."—Sharon Lovejoy, author of Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars

"I’ve never been to Giverny but I’ve always thought of it as a spring garden. But, as Murray’s photos attest, the garden is remarkable in all seasons, and the autumn garden is wonderfully robust with color and majesty."—Dirt Therapy

"The book acts as both an introduction to Monet—who he was, how he came to painting and gardening—and a garden planner for the rest of us. Along with beautifully sumptuous photographs of the gardens today, Monet’s Passion also includes sketches, overlays, and plans for how to recreate the gardens at Giverny even if it’s in pots on your deck."—LibraryThing Early Reviewer


In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter’s Gardens, this completely revised edition of Elizabeth Murray’s best-selling book offers new text, new images, and new garden plans based on Claude Monet’s spectacular gardens at Giverny.

A professional gardener and artist, Murray helped to restore the Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns annually to capture Monet’s passion at its most radiant and riotous. In this redesigned, updated edition, Murray discusses the development and history of Monet’s Giverny estate and brings new insight to Monet’s approach to gardening and design. Emphasizing his keen understanding of color balance and his genius for maximizing the effects of light, Murray explores the favorite color combinations and techniques with which Monet experimented in both painting and gardening—each pursuit informing the other. Murray’s lush photographs chronicle the present-day gardens, and a section titled “Bringing Giverny Home” provides detailed Giverny-based garden plans that can be executed anywhere. Full-color illustrations of the gardens, a list of the plants originally used by Monet, and a plant cultivation section round out this immensely helpful guide to creating year-round beauty in one’s own backyard.

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About the Author

Author, photographer, painter, and garden designer Elizabeth Murray assisted in the restoration of Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France, and has been photographing them annually for more than twenty-five years. Her work is housed in several museums and private collections, including the De Young Museum of San Francisco and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Murray is the author of numerous gardening and art books, including Painterly Photography: Awakening the Artist Within and Cultivating Sacred Space: Gardening for the Soul. She resides in Monterey, California, where she designs gardens as healing spaces and teaches creativity classes using photography, painting, and flowers.

Click here to listen to author Elizabeth Murray share her experience volunteering at Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France, on American Public Media’s “The Story” (scroll down to the "Listen Now!" button).