Claude Monet painted Garden in Giverny in 1902. Because he disliked the formal quality of the main path that led to the door of his house, Monet thinned the stands of spruce and cypress trees flanking the walk.
In their place he planted dense beds of salmon pink and garnet nasturtiums as well as fuchsia and dahlias that bloomed through the summer. Monet's wife Alice protested as he eliminated trees, but Monet insisted they were blocking the light for his flowers.
In the following years, Claude Monet would continue to plant and paint the serene sanctuary of flowers around his home. See the resplendent Flowering Arches in the final section.