Monet-inspired drawing the garden workshop in Spalding

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

An upcoming exhibition screening from The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Royal Academy London ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’ explores the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture.

The film, at South Holland Centre on Wednesday, May 4 at 2pm, will transport viewers across Europe to some of the most beautiful gardens depicted in art, from Monet’s water lilies at Giverny to Bonnard’s privately owned garden in Vernonnet.

It will also offer privileged access to the artworks they inspired, which have been on display at the Royal Academy exhibition for several weeks (concluding tomorrow).

Behind-the-scenes visits to these stunning landscapes provide an essential backdrop to the exhibition, examining the role of the garden in art history from Impressionism to the Avant-Garde.

Cinemagoers will be able to appreciate the natural beauty from which painters such as Liebermann, Sorolla and Nolde worked, and discover how these inspiring surroundings translated on to the canvas.

This film offers fresh insights from international gardening experts and art critics in order to bring the history of the garden’s relationship with art to life. Interviews with renowned modern artists Lachlan Goudie and Tania Kovats will also reveal how the relationship between the artist and the natural world continues to flourish in the 21st century.

Exhibition screening tickets are £10, or £7.50 for schools.

Before the film, budding Monets (over the age of 16) wishing to capture the colour of spring can join local artist Rosie Redzia in Ayscoughfee Gardens for a two-hour ‘Drawing The Garden’ workshop at 10.30am. Workshop tickets are £10 from the Box Office 01775 764777 or online at