Marrakech: The Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden (Jardin du Majorelle) is a beautiful landscaped botanical garden in Marrakech that was designed by French artist Jaques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s.

Over the years, the garden had become quite run down and in 1980, Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the gardens and restored them.  Being frequent visitors to the garden over the years, both new owners wanted to ensure that the gardens were kept as close as possible to the original design, and that they remained open to the public.

The Majorelle Garden is a beautiful place to relax and reflect, and provides a welcome reprieve from the oppressive heat outside.

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A plaque dedicated to Yves St Laurent.  When he died in 2008, his ashes were scattered throughout the Majorelle Garden.

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I absolutely love the colours used and could imagine myself having a small garden, or even just a balcony, decorated and painted in a similar style one day.

Jaques Majorelle’s former studio is now home to a Museum of Islamic Art. The museum showcases the personal art collections of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, including Islamic tapestries, textiles, ceramics, jewellery  and other Islamic crafts. One of the galleries displays a permanent exhibition of the paintings of Jacques Majorelle.

The Majorelle Garden hosts more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa. It has many fountains, and a notable collection of cacti.

The shade of bold cobalt blue which is used extensively in the garden and its buildings and is named after Jaques Majorelle – bleu Majorelle.



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