Claude Monet lived in this house in the village of Giverny in Haute-Normandy from 1883 until he died in 1926. He designed and built a Norman garden and a water garden on the grounds that served as an inspiration for many of his paintings. As his fame spread many American artists spent more and more time in Giverny, especially at the Hotel Baudy, to learn from the master. When we were there (end of May) the main flowers blooming were roses, peonies, poppies and especially irises. The famed water lilies were barely beginning.