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The rise and fall of the English gardener at Giverny

Tinted photograph of Monets garden at the beginning of the 20th century

Spring 2018 and a short news item in a Normandy newspaper simply states: * * * A NEW HEAD GARDENER IN MONET'S HOME GIVERNY Jean-Marie Avisard will be replacing the legendary Gilbert Vahé as head gardener at Giverny, home of Claude Monet. The role is responsible for keeping the beautiful gardens, so important to Monet's

An interview with Claude Monet 1924; The water lilies of Giverny


An old book by Marc Elder gives a remarkable insight into the creation of Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, as he wrote it after visiting Giverny and interviewing the great man himself.  Their meeting was in 1924, just two years before Monet died age 86, on 5 December 1926. In our extract

How to completely botch your trip to Normandy

We started this blog to answer the question 'is there more to Normandy than Monet, WW2, Calvados and Cheese?' and are still enjoying looking for the answer.  Along the way we have come up with five sure fire ways to miss out on some of the best that Normandy has