Robert L. Herbert. Letter to Mrs. Leonard Harris. January 19, 1962, notes that this picture was painted in the summer of 1854 in Gréville, near Cherbourg.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, p. 89, ill., note that it depicts Millet's birthplace, the village of Gruchy in the commune of Gréville.
Clare A. P. Willsdon. Impressionist Gardens. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. London, 2010, pp. 22, 25, 32–33, 143, no. 8, ill. (color), notes that Millet had returned to his home village of Gruchy to settle his mother's estate, and that although this picture may not represent the family's actual garden, the man in the foreground recalls Millet's description of his great-uncle cultivating the land.