by Ariane ~ November 30, 2008

Two big wisterias top the bridge in Monet’s water garden at Giverny. One is a pale lavender, it blooms first for two weeks, generally at the beginning of May.

It is followed by the white wisteria. So if you come in May you are pretty sure to see the canopy flowering. But according to the year the blooming period varies. if the Winter was mild and Spring early, the lavender wisteria starts earlier, at the end of April. On the contrary a late Winter can delay it up to three weeks.

But anyway, there is always something spectacularly beautiful to admire in Monet’s garden, from April through October.

15 Responses to “Wisteria”

  1. Ron Mullis Says:

    Hi Ariane: I really enjoy looking at all your photos. Would you mind if I use the Wisteria photo on a website I am designing for Wisteria Wellness Center, Inc. This is an integrative psychiatry office with a Holistic approach. I totally understand that these photos are near and dear to you so I understand if you say no. In any case, thanks for sharing your wonderful work!


  2. Christina Czarnecki Says:

    dear Ariane,is it possible to stay in the gardens for few days to paint? paint like Monet or allmost?
    I am a painter and I am dreaming about this kind of action.
    Greetings ,

  3. Ariane Says:

    To paint in the gardens, you need permission of Fondation Monet.

  4. Elizabeth Plotnick Says:

    When I visited twenty years ago, artists could arrange ahead of time to work at Giverny on a Monday, when the gardens are otherwise closed to the public.

  5. Ariane Says:

    Hello Elizabeth, I hope you had a great experience painting in the gardens on a Monday! Monet’s gardens have been open 7/7 since 2009, except for the winter closing time (November 2nd thru March 31st) and the 2020 lock down.

  6. Minos Says:

    Dear Ariane,

    I would like to visit the graden of Monet this year.

    When is the best time to visit the garden if I want to see the lavender colored wisteria in full bloom?

    Should I come in the last week of April or in the first week of May?

    I would really appreciate it if you could help me with this.

    Yours sincerely,


  7. Ariane Says:

    Dear Minos, any of these two weeks should be fine. It is hard to say right now because the timing depends on how cold and long the winter will be, especially the weather in March and early April, so a forecast is difficult. Enjoy your time at Giverny!

  8. Minos Says:

    Dear Ariane,

    Sorry for the late reply, and thank you for the information.
    If it is ok, I would like to contact you again in Late March if it is ok for you?

    Yours sincerely,


  9. Ariane Says:

    Yes, of course.

  10. Minos Says:

    Dear Ariane,

    I contact you again as I have written you in February 5th this year, because I would like to visit the Garden of Monet in Giverny soon.

    Do you think it is now foreseeable if it is best to visit late April or beginning of May to see the lavender colored Wisteria in full bloom? Or should I come in Mid-April or Mid-May?

    I hope you can tell me which time is best to see the lavender colored Wisteria. 🙂

    Yours sincerely,


  11. Ariane Says:

    Dear Minos, sorry to disappoint you, but I’m afraid there won’t be much wisteria bloom this year over Monet’s Japanese bridge, it seems to me it has frozen. It should be opening by now, but I don’t see any improvement in the wisteria buds. 🙁

  12. Minos Says:

    Hello dear Ariane,

    Sorry for the late reply, understood, that is a pity… 🙁

    Thank you for your help anyways.

    Yours sincerely,


  13. Ariane Says:

    The white wisteria flowers now, it is not as impressive as the mauve one, but still lovely.

  14. Minos Says:

    Hello Ariane,

    It‘s Minos again I would like to ask if you have any information about the wisteria in the garden of monet. Is it better than last year this time? And do you maybe already know when to visit the garden this year if I want to see the blue wisteria? Yours sincerely, Minos

  15. Ariane Says:

    Hello Minos, the wisterias look great this year, they are covered with buds. The first one has just started opening. It’s still hard to predict when it will be the best time. Weather depending, within 2 weeks? 3 weeks? It’s still too early to know. Feel free to ask again. Ariane

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