Monet’s Garden at the New York Botanical Garden


 I  went to see the Monet exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden yesterday. It was wonderful. This photo gives you a long view of the borders in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. There is a lot to see. As you look at these photos notice the heights of plants, the foliage color and texture and the flower color and form. The entire space was created with an artist’s eye.                                                                

In this image you see different flower shapes and complimentary colors. Irises were one of Monet’s favorite flowers. Van Gogh’s, too.

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Monet’s Garden

I was out at the Wesley garden site this morning and there are piles of earth ready to be turned into our new Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley.  I believe the goal is to have the beds ready right after Memorial Day. I know time is of the essence and gardeners are itching to plant.

In the meantime, if you have the chance you might want to consider a road trip to the New York Botanical Garden to see the exhibit on Monet’s Garden. I went yesterday and can say with confidence and it will be an inspiration for this season and many seasons to come.

If you go, start at the Mertz library, 6th floor, where there is an exhibit that includes letters of Monet about the garden, photos of the artist, two rarely seen paintings and his actual paint encrusted palette. Once you are done there walk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory where NYBG’s staff have recreated extended flower borders reminiscent of Monet’s garden and overflowing with colorful blooms, fragrance, textures, and varying heights for visual interest.

Many of the plants are those Monet grew and the combinations are breathtaking. It is no wonder Monet called his garden his most beautiful masterpiece.

The exhibit runs from May 19 to October 21 and it is meant to be viewed multiple times through the coming months. The flowers will be replaced as they fade and the seasons change.

When I heard the NYBG purchased six of the seven water lilies that grew in Monet’s garden from Latour-Marliac, the same French nursery that Monet ordered from, I knew I would be visiting this garden again this summer when the lilies bloom. The seventh water lily is no longer available.

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Perhaps once the community garden is up and running, we can talk about different “garden related” road trips to nurseries, an exhibit or a special garden tour. Are you interested?