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A view of the pond in the Japanese water garden at Giverny. Monet bought the land in 1893, ten years after arriving at the home. A small brook called the Ru, a diversion of the Epte, a tributary of the Seine, crosses the property. After purchasing the property, Monet had a small pond dug as he wished to replicate the Japanese gardens in the prints he collected. There was initial opposition to the pond as the neighbors thought Monet’s strange plants would poison the water.