"Irises in Monet's Garden" in 1900 by Claude Monet (Paris 1840 - Giberny 1926). Oil on Canvas. Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and create the gardens he wanted to paint. He wrote daily instructions to his gardener, designs and layouts for plantings, and invoices for his collection of botany books. As Monet's wealth grew, his garden evolved. He remained its architect, even after he hired seven gardeners.