Pop-Up Garden

Jun 9, 2014
Philippe Alés / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Philippe Alés / CC-BY-SA-3.0

We remember the time we visited Giverny and the home, pond, and gardens of Claude Monet. Of course, the first thing to register is that the house is pink. Oui, la chambre est peint en rose. It’s a two-story, wide pink house half covered with ivy and with bright green shutters. Inside, the kitchen is all hues of blue with blue Rouen tiles, and the dining room is a blast of yellow. Yet, it was  seeing the famous water garden with weeping willows and lilies, the Japanese bridge covered with wisteria, and walking the central alley that we most recall.

Firstly, the types of flowers—roses, tulips, daffodils, nasturtiums, lupins, and irises. Secondly, the range of colors. All of it at our feet and over our heads. The tableau was exceptional, even staggering in its magnificence. When we finally pulled away our focus, we noticed the other visitors strolling like us, leisurely and languidly, and they were smiling, like us, from ear to ear. Not a frown, not even a furrowed brow in concentration; everyone was smiling.


The Norton Simon Museum‘s sculpture garden was inspired by Monet’s ornamental grounds. The museum invites families with children ages 4-10 years old to come and view Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil…


…walk around the sculpture garden…


…and then create “a garden of you own…in 3D.”


Pop-Up Garden
Thursday, June 12th, 1-3 p.m.
Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91105
Free with admission; adults, $10; seniors, $7; all others free
No reservations needed
For more info, visit

Personality-rich historic photos of Claude Monet:

Monet and Mr. Perry at Giverny, 1890; photo by Lilla Cabot Perry

Monet and Mr. Perry at Giverny, 1890; photo by Lilla Cabot Perry





Monet at Giverny, 1915; photo by Sacha Guitry

Monet at Giverny, 1915; photo by Sacha Guitry



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