A new gardener at Giverny

Digital capture, Giverny


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.”

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