The legendary French Impressionist Claude Monet believed his gardens to be his artistic masterpiece. He lived in Giverny for the last forty years of his life, and his gardens there became not only the subject of most of his paintings but also his own private “controlled laboratories” where he could experiment with color, texture, light, and shadow.
Garden designer Elizabeth Murray worked as a gardener on his restored Giverny estate for a year and has firsthand
knowledge of and thorough insight into Monet’s own garden planning, color palette, and seasonal plantings. Her expertise is reflected in this outstanding selection of forty color photographs of the flower and water gardens at Giverny, featuring the famous flowering allée, tulip beds, and waterlily pond with its Japanese footbridge.
Elizabeth Murray is the author of Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights from the Painter’s Gardens (Pomegranate, revised edition, 2010), and her work is featured in notecards, a book of postcards, and several annual calendars, also published by Pomegranate. She currently resides in northern California. Murray makes her living as a garden designer, garden writer, and photographer and travels extensively giving lectures on garden design and Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny.