If it was good enough for one of the best-loved landscape artists of all time, it's good enough for us. The glorious gardens at Giverny in eastern Normandy are a piece of living art, created by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet in order for him to paint them. The results include some of the most celebrated works of art of the 20th century. Built from 1883 to 1926, and restored to their former glory in 1976, the gardens range from ordered beds to the most famous water-garden, with its curtains of wisteria and willows and carpet of water lilies.
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