A replica of Monet's home in Giverny. Foxgloves entertain while we wait out the rain. Hollyhocks, looking hand-painted. A bounty of blooms, as they would have looked in Monet's garden in France. Lupines add verticality. Well, I've been to France once before, but I can't boast that I made it all the way to the gardens of Claude Monet (1840-19226) in Giverny. Located about 74 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Paris in the Eure department, Monet lived and worked en plein-air in his idyllic outdoor rooms. To see his home and gardens, I'm told, is to see another side of the artist's work: in both paintings and plantings, contrasting colors mingle side by side and reflections deepen design. Thanks to The New York Botanical Garden I feel like I've gotten a taste of what Giverny has to offer. Various artists came together to create an inspired vision of Giverny inside The Garden's Haupt Conservatory. Tony-Award winning set designer Scott Pask set a replica façade of Monet's jade-trimmed home at the beginning of a garden walk that ends at a version of the well-known Japanese footbridge. The NYBG staff flanked the pathway with an exceptional collection of hollyhocks (Alcea cvs., Zones 3-9), delphiniums (Delphinium cvs., Zones 3-7), and lupines (Lupinus spp., Zones 4-10) that lift the bed into a floral allée, while peonies (Paeonia cvs., Zones 3-8) and roses (Rosa spp., Zones 2-11) perfume the dreamscape. Whether you've been to Giverny or not, this lovely replica set is a must-see. You can even meet some famous water lilies in the Conservatory pools, the very same found in Monet's Nymphéas series, as well as rarely-displayed original works and the artist's own palette. You have until October 21, 2012 to catch this exhibition. Don't miss out! Related Articles Come Talk Roses with Paul Zimmerman on Facebook! Promising News From Iowa Q&A: Some flowers can change color Todmorden: The Town Where You're Allowed to Eat the Park View the discussion thread.