Best Time To Visit Monet’s Garden (Paris, France)

Monet's garden in summer

Monet’s garden is located in the town of Giverny, in Paris, France. It was built and designed by the French artist and Impressionist master, Claude Monet, and it consists of beautiful water gardens, flower gardens, and even more. The best time to visit is in the spring, summer or early fall season. www.travelrows.com

When is the best time of year to visit Monet’s Garden?

Spring

During spring season, all varieties of flowers begin to blossom; the daffodils, forget-me-nots, aubrietas, crab apple blossoms, cherries, pansies, narcissi, tulips, alliums and hyacinths. They bloom as soon as winter’s harsh low temperatures are completely gone. In the middle of the lawns, bright, colorful bulbs are present and planted in rows and squares. beaches and fences have a greenish atmosphere, and the sun gets brighter and brighter every day. Frogs croak and sit on pads, beginning from May. Nympheas open too, and continuously flower till September. Flowers and plants in the garden give off delicious scents too, courtesy of spring, with the birds singing around. This season is a time everyone looks forward to: locals, the gardeners, and tourists as well!

Summer

In June, July and August, tourism is at one of its fastest at this time of the year, as it is one of the best time to visit Monet’s garden, and Giverny as a whole. The bright sunlight casts a beautiful sparkle on the surface of its water gardens, giving a great color to the water lily and other ponds, and providing visitors with an awesome natural experience. Also, many people love staying under the big copper beech planted by Monet, as it sprouts and provides s wonderful shade during the summer. The Japanese bridge above the water garden becomes covered with wisterias, weeping willows, and nympheas which bloom through the summer.

Fall

Visiting Monet’s garden in the fall months of September and October is surely great, as autumn has began to work its special effects on the foliage. The fall flowers are at their best in the garden, and in Giverny as a whole. The park closes off around the first week of November, as the temperatures begin to go lower and frost kicks in. The knowledge of what comes next, makes it a ‘saison’ of nostalgia and melancholy for the locals and gardeners.

Winter

In the winter season lasting from December till February, this might just be the least favorable during the year for a trip to Monet’s Garden. The gardens, Museum of Impressionisms, and the house are closed from November till March, opening around March 24. This is because at this time of the year, there is practically nothing much to see. It is too cold for the flowers to survive this season, let alone thrive; and Monet’s garden is meant to be full of flowers and colors; imagine what it would look like. However, this season, the gardeners begin replanting the flower beds in preparation for the next spring.

Monet’s garden usually closes in November every year and opens in March around March 24, till later in November again.

Monet’s Garden: Official Flowering Calendar

The calendar below denotes the flowers that bloom at the different seasons of the year:

Spring

  • April: Aubrietas, pansies, tulips, forget-me-nots, narcissi, crab-apple blossom, fritillaries and daffodils.
  • May: Rhododendrons, delphiniums, irises, peonies, wallflowers, azaleas, daisies, laburnums, geraniums, and wisterias.

Summer

  • June: Roses, clematis, tamarisk, and poppies.
  • July: Nasturtiums, ageratums, zinnias, busy-lizzies, verbenas, dahlias, nicotianas, rudbeckias, gladioli, salvias, cosmos, cleomes, helianthus, hollyhocks, sunflowers and water lilies.
  • August: Hibiscus, cosmos, dahlias, and the July blooms.

Autumn/Fall:

  • September: Rudbeckias, cosmos, nasturtiums, dahlias, asters.
  • October: Dahlias, and several other annual flowers till the frost kicks in.

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