From Monet’s Gardens to Japan’s Artificial Water Garden

Anytime I think about a beautiful garden, what comes first in my mind are the gardens of the famous french painter Monet. Not only because they became famous from the wonderful paintings Monet did, but because they are so special and made with pure love. For those that are not familiar with them, allow me to tell you that Monet had two gardens: The land garden and the water garden (more than 1 km2 land). These two unique gardens were divided by the street that went by the house of Monet in Giverny, Paris, France. As people say: ” A photo is worth 1000 words”, so I’ll just show you both gardens of Monet to get your own impressions about them.

Monet’s Land Garden

In this garden were planted: irises, peonies, rhododendrons, geraniums, wisterias, azaleas, wallflowers, daisies, laburnum and delphiniums. Roses, nasturtiums, ageratums, zinnias, nicotianas, busy-lizzies, verbenas, dahlias, rudbeckias, salvias, gladioli, cleomes, cosmos, sunflowers, helianthus, hollyhocks, etc.

Monet’s Land Garden –
A Path among Wonderful Flowers and Green
Monet’s Land Garden – the Famous French Pink Rose
This is how Monet painted his Land Garden

Monet’s Water Garden

Built several years after the Land Garden, this unusual garden became source of inspiration for the whole world.

Water Lilies and Trees at the Monet’s Water Garden
The Famous Bridge in Monet’s Water Garden
This is how Monet painted Water Lilies in his Water Park

ArtBiotop Water Garden

More than 140 years have gone through since when Monet built and painted his wonderful gardens. Many people around the world have been inspired by his work. One of them is the Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, who have built an artificial water garden (park) at the area of Nasu mountains in Japan.

Different from Monet, who used an existing river to build his water garden, the new generation Japanese architect went further with his concept and designed the watered parts of his park first on paper. In order to complete his project, he decided to relocate the trees of a forest (around 318 trees) to his water park. One of the reasons for the relocation was to protect those trees from destruction, due to people need for more land. Then he digged 160 hollows all over the territory of the water garden and filled them with water from a natural source. Walking paths scored by white stones were the other elements that make his work visitable by everyone. A wonderful work performed in a time-frame of 5 years (2013 – 2018) that fully respects the nature and creates the premises for future development of the park.

Ishigami and his project were able to be the first winner of the Obel Award, an international price for architectural works distributed by “Henrik Frode Obel Foundation”. Obel Award is created to remind architects that we are all responsible for the environment, and that architectural works should embrace the idea of such responsibility.

Again, there is nothing better than some great photos to show how the Art Biotop Botanic Water Garden looks like:

View from above of the Art Biotop Botanic Water Garden, Mount Nasu, Tochigi, Japan.
The white points are the stones that show the walking paths, while the grey smears are the hollows filled with water.
Different photos of the Art Biotop Botanic Water Garden.
Photos are courtesy of “Henrik Frode Obel Foundation”.

Wonderful gardens that makes me dream to have a garden of mine in the near future. I’m definitely fond of ‘busy’ gardens filled with numerous flowers that look very natural, but still handled by a careful human hand. What about you my dear friends? Do you have a garden? Or, just like me you’re still in the phase of planning to have one? Should you have one, please send us pictures of your garden, so we all may enjoy the please of a beautiful human-made garden.

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