Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France has this week opened its doors to visitors after an extended closure due to the ongoing pandemic. The opening comes as welcomed news for the gardeners who, like theatre shows or live music venues, have felt the fruits of their labour have gone unseen throughout the various lockdowns over the past year.
Unfortunately, much of the appeal of Monet’s house and gardens, including early spring blooms like daffodils and tulips, have already reached their full bloom, having been enjoyed by the on-staff gardeners only.
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“It’s frustrating because the garden has its meaning when we are sharing it,” Claire-Hélène Marron, on the team of 11 permanent gardeners, told AP in a recent report. “We put a lot of effort into making it spectacular and trying to recreate the impressionist paintings.”
Thankfully though, the gardens will be able to welcome visitors starting from this week—allowing up to two hundred visitors to the house and gardens per hour. Although this is much less than normal, it’s still a welcomed change given that the gardens have been strictly closed to the public for the past six months.
Throughout the one-hour experience, guests will be guided through a one-way route through the incredible property, starting at the iconic water garden and weaving through to the gift shop at the end.
The gardens at Giverny will join French cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and museums in being permitted to open their doors to customers and visitors after a long winter in lockdown. For more information on Monet’s Garden or to book tickets for a future tour, be sure to visit the official Giverny website.