|About the Book|
Imagine you visit a garden, and suddenly you fall in love. Then, you contact the owners/caretakers of the garden and ask if you can work in the space for a year. What is even more surprising is that you are the first woman to ever work there, youre American, and youve offered your professional services for free.This is Claude Monets garden, and Elizabeth Murray, http://elizabethmurray.com/elizabethm..., wrote and photographed this beautiful book of her year working as one of the gardeners. Oh to be a mouse in her pocket as she went about her daily chores.The 20th anniversary edition is a beautiful book, and she carefully explains how Monet created and managed his many gardens including the Grand Allee of roses and the famous water lily garden, along with how the garden literally grew from an expansive garden and house to the property across the railroad tracks.Monet approached his garden the way he did his painting using light and color to their utmost. When I studied art, I loved the Impressionists the best. I loved how they painted outdoors and filled their canvasses with such air and light. Monet and Auguste Renoir are my two favorites, and I plan on visiting Monets garden one day.Until I can visit, I will enjoy this book. Then, Ill feel like I know the garden and a lot about Monet himself.