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Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens.

Secrets of Monet's garden

"More than anything, I must have flowers, always, always," wrote the French impressionist painter Claude Monet. His garden at Giverny--filled with flower beds, nasturtium-lined allees, and ponds laden with water lilies--was a constant source of inspiration to him. Restored in the late 1970s, the garden, northwest of Paris, delights and inspires visitors. A new book by Carmel garden designer Elizabeth Murray, Monet's Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens (Pomegranate Art-books, Box 808022, Petaluma, Calif. 94975, 1989; $24.95), takes a close look at the artist's gardens and the plants--so carefully orchestrated for color and texture--that make them memorable. Color photos show the gardens in all seasons. Perhaps the most useful part of the book is a chapter titled "Bringing Giverny Home: Ideas from Monet's Garden." Murray, who worked for a year as a gardener at Giverny, includes seasonal color plans that can help home gardeners duplicate Monet's planting schemes. One diagram, for example, shows a 7-by 16-foot summer-blooming bed and lists the plants needed to re-create it: 7 standard tree roses in pink to space evenly throughout bed, 46 cottage pinks for edging, and a dozen each pink and red geraniums to interplant around the roses. Growing tips for most of the plants are included, with a list of mail-order suppliers. Plants originally grown by Monet included such Western favorites as agapanthus, cape plumbago, penstemon, and California poppy.

PHOTO : Under rose trellis and between flower borders, Monet pauses in Giverny's Grande Allee

PHOTO : (below). New book (left) includes scaled-down planting plans for the allee.
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Date:Apr 1, 1990
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