Gardner Museum unveils Monks Garden Kept more to Gardner’s spirit than to her vision. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff The new Monks Garden at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the final piece in the museum's ambitious expansion. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh's new design for the garden opens this week. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff “Not to be mean, but [Mrs. Gardner] never got the garden right,” Van Valkenburgh said. “She never liked it.” Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Van Valkenburgh took his inspiration from the tour of the museum given to him by director Anne Hawley. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff The garden is 7,545 square feet.