Day 7: We had a 3 hour drive ahead of us as we made our way west from Kochi city. We were heading to Kitagawa Village to the Monet’s Garden. These enchanting gardens will delight any gardeners heart with the array of colourful wild-flowers and the large landscape gardens.
The grounds have be inspired and designed to recreate Monet’s “Water Lilies” garden, which are the star in many of his famous paintings. The gardens sit amongst the mountains which encase the garden from all views. The rolling hills add another layer to the romantic and tranquil atmosphere of these gardens.
The large pond is the icon of these gardens and is a common image seen sketched in Monet’s paintings. The water lilies are dotted throughout the clear water and their vibrant blooms sit proudly atop of the water during this time of year (Spring). I arrived later in the day and many of the water lily blooms began to close for the afternoon. I would recommend getting to the gardens earlier in the day to see the open blooms.
Every garden boarder was smothered in colourful blooms such as Viola, sweat pea, Oenothera, Achillea, poppies and many more. There was colour everywhere in this garden! It was truly a magical place to see and very inspirational. If you find yourself in this part of the world I would highly recommend taking the time to take a look at this garden.
Until tomorrows adventure, happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs