As part of my research for a spring trip to Paris with gardeners, I recently checked the Giverny website to see what was new. Monet’s home, studio and gardens are closed now, but the website changes often, as does the practical information, such as opening and closing dates.
The site had indeed been updated since my last visit. Navigation has been streamlined—you can plan a visit, buy tickets on line, and find photographs and videos of the gardens more quickly than before.
And speaking of photos, scroll down to the bottom of the home page for glorious new images—photos and videos—of the house and gardens, as well as interesting information about artist residencies that take place at Giverny, and discussion of specific flowers (the latter in French only).
Another improvement to the site is the detail that the secondary navigation makes possible. Click on the “Giverny” tab at the top of the page, and you find beautiful photos of the estate, nicely complemented by text. One page recalls Monet’s planting plans, another discusses his love of Japanese prints.
Select “Monet” and you can read quotations from Monet’s letters to other artists, and a delightful description of the artists and benefactors who have spent time at Giverny (in French).
I’ll send my group to the site before we leave for Paris; with more details under their collective ceintures, they’ll better appreciate being there, and get infinitely more from their time.