The Magic of Monet's Garden: His Planting Plans and Color Harmonies

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"Gardening was something I learned in my youth. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers"
- Claude Monet

Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) created a magnificent five-acre garden that he considered to be his greatest artistic achievement. It was restored in 1980 and is now the most visited garden of its size in the Western world. With its spectacular color combinations and distinctive structural ...

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Overview

"Gardening was something I learned in my youth. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers"
- Claude Monet

Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) created a magnificent five-acre garden that he considered to be his greatest artistic achievement. It was restored in 1980 and is now the most visited garden of its size in the Western world. With its spectacular color combinations and distinctive structural elements, the Monet garden at Giverny, France, inspires the dreams of thousands of gardeners.

Award-winning garden writer and photographer Derek Fell has visited Giverny many times and always admired the beauty of its plantings and the subtle balance of colors. After years of carefully studying Monet's design and plantings, he shares the artist's secrets. In The Magic of Monet's Garden, Fell reveals Monet's breathtaking color harmonies and describes how the artist "painted" his living masterpiece. He guides the reader on how to scale down Monet's ideas for the home garden, with attention to:

  • Understanding the laws of colors
  • Building color harmonies
  • Creating innovative combinations
  • Recognizing the power of monochromatic plantings
  • Using black in the garden
  • Working with structure and form
  • Building rhythm and surprise
  • Capitalizing on sunlight and shadow
  • Incorporating water features
  • Attracting birds and butterflies.

With 175 color photographs and illustrations and a dozen detailed planting plans, The Magic of Monet's Garden will inspire and instruct home gardeners to create their own versions of
Giverny.

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Editorial Reviews

Scripps Howard Wire Story
Glorious ... [Fell's] lifetime in horticulture coupled with a first class understanding of color has rendered a delicious treatise on the mechanics of this famous painter's garden.
The Globe and Mail
Here are more than 200 colour photographs and a dozen planting plans, and secrets for creating the luminescent quality of [Monet's] gardens.
Style at Home
You'll be inspired by Monet's color combinations ... for your own masterpiece.... When you're done you can boast to the neighborhood that you keep the Monet in the yard.
The Washington Post
Offers a window into the mind of ... one of the most gifted flower gardeners of the 20th century.
— Joel M. Lerner
Globe and Mail
Lush with images.... Artists and those who appreciate beauty ... will enjoy some time meandering in Claude Monet's garden,
— Carolyn Leitch
Canadian Camera
This recent offering from Fell is one to treasure. ... This book will appeal to photographers and to gardeners who can adapt Monet's concepts to add beauty to their garden.
The National Post
Derek Fell reveals the great French painter's breathtaking color harmonies at Giverny and guides the reader on how to scale down his ideas for the home garden.
The Hartford Courant
Details the painter's gardening techniques, structural accents and favorite plants, with beautiful photographs and a number of helpful diagrams.
— Nancy Schoeffler
The Lanark Era
This beauty will make your imagination soar.
— Helen Halpenny
Scripps Howard News Service
Delicious ... glorious.... The Magic of Monet's Garden will soon be bruised and battered.
— Maureen Gilmer
Newsday (NY)
[Fell's] photographs are the next best thing to visiting the living canvas that the famous Impressionist created.
— Jessica Damiano
Kingston This Week
Fell reveals Monet's breathtaking color harmonies and describes how the artist "painted" his living masterpiece.
— Rob Mooy
Book News
Gardening was French impressionist painter Monet's other passion. His garden at Giverney is featured in his paintings (e.g. the waterlilies series) and is a popular tourist destination. An award-winning garden designer/photographer offers a tour of the famous garden with some 200 lush color photographs, a landscape plan, biographical background, and details on Monet's favorite plants. The volume includes a Monet chronology (1840-1926), and information on visiting Giverney and other gardens and noteworthy places in Normandy.
Dayton Daily News
[Dell's] beautiful photographs are blessed with captions that actually identify the plants pictured, sometimes down to the cultivar name.
— Marianna Greene
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fell offers a loving portrait of [Giverny], with glossy pictures and reproductions of Monet's paintings.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
What a great gift this would be for lovers of art, history and garden design.
— Marianne Binetti
Sudbury Star
I really enjoyed this book.... it gives insight into Monet's thinking and his love of Giverney, the garden he created.
— Ian Munt
St. Petersburg Times
Offers a window into the mind of one of the great Impressionist painters of the 19th and 20th centuries and one of the most gifted flower gardeners of the 20th century.
Beach Metro Community News
My favourite this year ... Not as good as a plane ticket, maybe -- but a lot cheaper.
— Mary Fran McQuade
Salisbury Post
Offers a window into the mind of one of the...most gifted flower gardeners of the 20th century.
— Joel M. Lerner
Romantic Home
Gardeners looking to emulate Monet's vivid approach will find planting plans in Fell's book.
The Dallas Morning News
Major themes and small anecdotes will educate the gardener and inspire thoughts about how to incorporate some of Monet's practices.
— Mariana Greene
Vaughan Today
It's nearly as good as a trip there, especially in these budget-conscious times.
— Mary Fran McQuade
Escarpment News
A stunningly beautiful book, its photographs are breathtaking... everyone can appreciate artistic perfection.
— Gloria Hildebrandt
Dayton Daily News - Marianna Greene
Because Fell is a gardener, not an art historian, his beautiful photographs are blessed with captions that actually identify the plants pictured, sometimes down to the cultivar name.
Inc. National Garden Clubs
Accompanied by beautiful illustrations that include colorful planting plans, drawings, and photographs, the text is in essence a lesson on how to design an artistic garden.
Globe and Mail - Carolyn Leitch
Lush with images.... This book will be useful for any gardener who wants to understand how to combine plants and colours to create eye-catching effects.... But artists and those who appreciate beauty, — even if they never pick up a trowel — will enjoy some time meandering in Claude Monet's garden,
The Washington Post - Joel M. Lerner
Offers a window into the mind of one of the great impressionist painters of the 19th and 20th centuries and one of the most gifted flower gardeners of the 20th century.
The Hartford Courant - Nancy Schoeffler
Fell, a renowned gardening writer, details many of the painter's gardening techniques, structural accents and favorite plants, with beautiful photographs and a number of helpful diagrams.... Fell's discussions of iridescence, underplantings, color combinations and Monet's use of white flowers to create shimmering effects are sure to inspire readers hoping to incorporate the painter's ideas in their own gardens.
The Lanark Era - Helen Halpenny
This beauty will make your imagination soar.
Scripps Howard News Service - Maureen Gilmer
Fell's lifetime in horticulture and his first-class understanding of color has rendered a delicious treatise on the mechanics of the famous painter's garden. The book is as valuable to the gardener as it is the painter enthralled with the vivid color of plein air work.... Fell has deftly laid out the mechanics behind [Monet's] marvelous landscape. He begins with helping us understand what Monet liked, so that we can climb into his head to see as this painter did some 100 years ago.... With more than 200 glorious photographs that reflect the always perfect visuals spread over 160 pages, [the book] is certainly a good choice for the gardener or the artist on your giftr list.
Newsday (NY) - Jessica Damiano
[Fell's] photographs are the next best thing to visiting the living canvas that the famous Impressionist created.... 'The Magic of Monet's Garden' will delight artists and gardeners alike, and would be equally at home on the coffee table and in the garden shed.
Kingston This Week - Rob Mooy
Fell reveals Monet's breathtaking color harmonies and describes how the artist "painted" his living masterpiece. Over 175 color photographs and illustrations guide the reader on how to scale down Monet's ideas for the home garden, that will inspire and instruct home gardeners to create this own version of Giverny.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Marianne Binetti
What a great gift this would be for lovers of art, history and garden design.
Sudbury Star - Ian Munt
I really enjoyed this book.... it gives insight into Monet's thinking and his love of Giverney, the garden he created.
Beach Metro Community News - Mary Fran McQuade
The Magic of Monet's Garden is a favorite of mine.... With text and his usual exquisite photos, Fell explains the secrets of colour and planting [that] the artist used to create his famous garden in France. It's nearly as good as a trip there, especially in these budget-conscious times.
The Dallas Morning News - Mariana Greene
Major themes and small anecdotes will educate the gardener and inspire thoughts about how to incorporate some of Monet's practices.
Escarpment News - Gloria Hildebrandt
A stunningly beautiful book, its photographs are breathtaking...duplicating even parts of Monet's garden will be impossible for most people [yet] gardeners can dream and everyone can appreciate artistic perfection.
Calgary Herald
Derek Fell has a cornucopia of pictorial suggestions to suit every budget. From a simple placement of stones to a grandiose landscape theme, there are ideas in abundance.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fell offers a loving portrait of [Giverny], with glossy pictures and reproductions of Monet's paintings.
St. Petersburg Times
Offers a window into the mind of one of the ... most gifted flower gardeners of the 20th century.
The Globe and Mail
More than 200 colour photographs and a dozen planting plans, and secrets for creating the luminescent quality of [Monet's] gardens.
Book News
A tour of the famous garden with some 200 lush color photographs, a landscape plan...and details on Monet's favorite plants.
Canadian Camera
This recent offering from Fell is one to treasure.... [It] will appeal to photographers and to gardeners.
The National Post
Fell reveals [Monet's] breathtaking color harmonies at Giverny and [shows] how to scale down his ideas for the home garden.
Style at Home
You'll be inspired by Monet's color combinations ... for your own masterpiece.... When you're done you can boast to the neighborhood that you keep the Monet in the yard.
Scripps Howard Wire Story
Glorious ... a delicious treatise on the mechanics of this famous painter's garden.
Romantic Home
Gardeners looking to emulate Monet's vivid approach will find planting plans in Fell's book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554072774
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 460,540
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Fell is an award-winning garden designer and photographer whose articles are published worldwide. He is the author of more than one hundred gardening books and calendars, including Firefly Books' Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants and Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure. Derek Fell lives in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Monet's Love of Gardens     9
Monet's Flower Garden     17
Monet's Color Harmonies     39
The Impressionist Shimmer     63
Monet's Water Garden     75
Monet's Favorite Plants     95
Conclusion: Continuing the Magic     145
Chronology     151
Opening Times and Other Places to Visit     153
Dedication     154
Acknowledgments and Picture Credits     155
Index     156
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