Monet at Giverny

Chrysanthemums, 1897

In April 1883 the village of Giverny was changed forever when a new tenant moved into the striking pink house with blue green shutters. After falling in love with the location, house and especially the gardens, Claude Monet quickly settled into the village where he would reside until his death in 1926. After many years in his garden, it is said that Monet, perhaps like our modern designers and florists, had a “pourtraiture” sense of the landscape; meaning “a bringing forth by removing accidents of nature to reveal the essential nature underlying all things.”*

If the earth was a bare canvas Monet sculpted the grounds for the greatest impact considering perspective, light, tone and color; essentially molding nature into its best self. Today, the world’s best designers similarly coax their materials and flowers into the best conception and reflection of nature in order to create the most exciting and dramatic designs possible.

This spring the students traveling with FlowerSchool New York to Holland and France will privately tour the grounds of Giverny with Parisian master, Christian Tortu , and later create designs using the garden as a source of inspiration and influence.

To read more about our upcoming spring tour, CLICK HERE.