As part of a writing contest for grades four through eight, students will write an ode to Claude Monet who built his garden at Giverny in France where he practiced as a master gardener, horticulturist, and colorist. His love of nature helped Monet create his world-famous garden. The student’s winning ode will be placed on a brass plaque on a stone at the recreated garden based on plants Monet used in his garden at Giverny. Attached please see a PowerPoint that outlines the lesson for writing an ode that celebrates Monet’s genius.
In addition, there will be another contest for students to design the garden, imitating Monet’s garden at Giverny. All the plants listed here are part of Monet’s perennial garden and must be utilized in the design.
Students also will need to research art history---for example, Impressionism---garden design, and soil requirements for a favorable PH.