The Times published a piece about the new gardener at Monet’s home in Giverny today, and oddly enough, he’s British. Here’s an excerpt:
No one has made much ado about handing over an iconic French garden to an Englishman, the new gardener said. But he does blanch when asked if parts of the garden — with their wild tangle of flowers — reflect more of an English style than the formal, symmetrical style of French gardens.
“Oh, you must not say that,” he said, looking just a little bit panicked. “It is a unique garden, neither French nor English. It’s an artist’s garden, a dreamer’s garden.”
“This is France,” he added. “They cut off people’s heads for saying less than that.”