For those who have never visited Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Le Parc des Impressionnistes in Rueil-Malmaison on the banks of the Seine may go some of the way to compensate for your loss.
The middle of the 19th century was the time of open air cafes, dance halls, boating on the Seine and of famous painters such as Renoir, Manet, and Monet. They immortalised this landscape on their canvases, making the banks of the Seine the entry point to Le Pays des Impressionnistes.
The fresh, cheerful colours of the Impressionist’s palette became the inspiration for the talented gardeners who created Le Parc des Impressionnistes. The result is a succession of soft and colorful scenes like that of an Impressionist painting.
To achieve this, 250 varieties of perennials and shrubs, were used: roses, irises, geraniums, lilacs, wisteria, and others that you can discover depending on their flowering season.
A 2.5 hectares stroll through shrubs and a rock garden will lead you to the water garden and a wooden Grenouillère or frog platform (raft).
A charming lily pond, featuring a boardwalk and a small kiosk mimics Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.
The park also includes two theme gardens: the rose and the white garden, one as wonderful as the other.
Curiously, this enchanting garden is not well-known, but it is well worth the visit. The garden is free, and Rueil-Malmaison is so close to Paris that you can easily return again and again to admire this attractive garden in all seasons and in all lights.
However, don’t be confused by another park of the same name located opposite on the Île des Impressionnistes.
If you seek more of the Impressionist influence, take the Pont de Chatou across the Seine to the Île des Impressionnistes and seek out the unique walks dedicated to the paintings of Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Sisley.
Le Parc des Impressionnistes
Allée Jacques Prévert, Rueil-Malmaison
+33 1 47 32 35 75
Open every day 9.30am to 6pm (longer hours in Summer)
From Paris: RER A Gare Rueil-Malmaison. 1km walk up Avenue Edouard Belin