Majorelle Garden, Morocco

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Last January I visited the beautiful Marrakech, Morocco for short holiday. I was eager to visit Yves Saint Laurent’s famous garden.

The Jardin Majorelle is a twelve-acre botanical garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s during the colonial period.

Jacques Majorelle was the son of famed French cabinet maker Louis Majorelle (1859-1926), a craftsman in the French Art Nouveau movement.

Jacques was known for his vibrant and impressionistic paintings of Moroccan people, cities and landscapes. He bought a palm grove in the EI Hassania district of Marrakech in 1924 within it he built a private residence and garden.

Majorelle transformed the palm grove into a botanical garden showcasing plants from around the world, marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo and coconut palms.

The garden was opened to the public in 1947. After years of neglect in 1980 the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge

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Many of the build features were painted in a dark blue colour ‘Majorelle Blue’ which matches the soil, climate and the plants.

Water is an important element of the garden. Throughout the garden there are various channels which meet in the middle featuring lil-filled ponds and various foundations.

There is no doubt about it that Majorelle was an avid plant collector

 

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Plant pots decorated in primary colours, orange and blue to create character and atmosphere.

After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden.

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