Vincent made two paintings and a sketch of the garden at the former home of the artist Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817–1878). Daubigny, whose work Vincent greatly admired, had built the country retreat in 1861 and lived between Paris and Auvers. By the time Vincent visited, Daubigny had been dead for more than a decade, but his widow, Marie-Sophie, still lived there.
Vincent probably visited the garden soon after arriving in Auvers. On 17 June 1890, he wrote to his brother Theo that he had done a study of the garden. Having no canvas to hand, he painted the sketch on a tea towel. It is now in the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent later made two more paintings of Daubigny’s garden.