Claude Monet's gardens along the banks of the Seine in Giverny, Normandy are famous worldwide thanks to Monet’s fabulous paintings.  Monet's Home and Gardens at the Fondation Monet are a must visit for those passionate about gardens and art too. The RHS has designed an especial Normandy Impressionist Garden which is inspired by Monet's treasured gardens.

 

Interestingly, Monet spent over forty years at Giverny indulging in his love of painting.  Hundreds of garden scene paintings were created that depicted the Japanese bridge, the lily ponds and the vibrant coloured floral alleys. The agapanthus flower was also a favourite of Monet’s and is depicted in his paintings.

Although the Normandy Impressionist Garden shares the theme of Monet's famous water gardens, the aim is to bring lesser known paintings to the world’s attention.  Of special interest are the agapanthus works. 

There is also the opportunity to learn more about the talented Designer James Priest who is the Head Gardener at the Foundation Monet.  James was born in Lancashire and studied at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, before relocating to France in 1985. 

After gaining valuable experience working on the Baron Elie de Rothschild's estate in Royaumont, James was appointed Head Gardener at the Foundation Monet in Giverny in 2011. He was inspired by Monet’s works and designed the garden with the intention of keeping the original spirit of this horticultural masterpiece alive. 

There is no doubt that the exhibition at  the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015 will not disappoint garden lovers and visitors passionate about art.

For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk

 

Information on the gardens in Normandy is available at www.normandy-tourism.org