FROM THE ARCHIVE: Whether kept with care in a glass house or growing wild in meadows, botanical varieties of all sorts wait yearlong for the pinnacle of spring. In this spirit, we unearth five stories from the NUVO archive inspired by greenery.

If, in their geometry, the grounds at Versailles are a Bach fugue, Monet’s soft-focus plantings in Giverny are more a Debussy tone poem. “Monet would paint in layers, and I think he made his garden in the same way,” says British-born James Priest, who took on the role of head jardinier last year.