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"Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, draws half a million visitors a year, but for the next several months, you won’t have to travel farther than the Bronx to get a taste of the artist’s green thumb. The New York Botanical Garden has recreated Monet’s horticultural work for an exhibit that includes photographs, videos, rare documents and two of the impressionist’s paintings …
'When I walked in here, I thought, “Wow,” ' says 9-year-old Vanessa Calvo, who visited with her family. 'I was speechless.'
… Todd Forrest, head of horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, says the goal is to capture the essence of Monet’s garden, ‘the incredible, overpowering color and the sort of spirit of natural beauty that infused and informed his paintings. And we hope that visitors to the whole exhibition will leave understanding that Monet would never have been the painter he became if he wasn’t the gardener he was.’”
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