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Majorelle Garden | A paradise worth visiting in Marrakech, Morocco

Majorelle Garden | A paradise worth visiting in Marrakech, Morocco

January 2020 · 3 min read · Marrakesh

Majorelle Garden is the most beautiful and popular garden found in Marrakech. The garden was named after the French painter "Jacques Majorelle" (1886-1962 ) because he was the one who built it, and it took him forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting paradise in his favorite Moroccan city, Marrakech.


The vibrant world inside YSL's Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh © saiko3p / Shutterstock
The vibrant world inside YSL's Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh © saiko3p / Shutterstock

18 years after the death of the founder, Yves Saint Laurent ( a Fashion designer) and Pierre Bergé (a Writer) bought the Majorelle Garden in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. The new owners decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf inside the Garden, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to make it the most beautiful garden in the red city.

The manicured confines of the once-secret garden within the grounds of Villa Oasis © Lorna Parkes
The manicured confines of the once-secret garden within the grounds of Villa Oasis © Lorna Parkes

In December 2018, an unassuming archway in the back wall of Majorelle Garden was unlocked for the first time in decades. Through it lies the private gardens and house where Yves Saint Laurent once lived, and where his partner Pierre Bergé continued to live until his death in 2017.

The popularity of Jardin Majorelle has grown substantially since the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent next door © Andrea Thompson Photography / Getty Images
The popularity of Jardin Majorelle has grown substantially since the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent next door © Andrea Thompson Photography / Getty Images

Along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; you will walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; you hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; you stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colors, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. you will be soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering you a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.

La villa Majorelle (Marrakech) by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra @Flickr
La villa Majorelle (Marrakech) by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra @Flickr

The magnificence of this garden is similar to the exotic Generalife gardens located beside the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The arid landscape, originally almost devoid of vegetation, like the gardens of the Alhambra, were utterly transformed by Majorelle over a span of 40 years. The garden includes plants such as agave, bamboo, cacti, cypress, datura, succulents and bougainvillea.

Jardin Majorelle by Mindy McAdams @Flickr
Jardin Majorelle by Mindy McAdams @Flickr

In the Cubist villa, there’s a gift shop and a museum dedicated to artifacts from the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa, the Berbers. Just don’t try to sneak in, or you might get kicked out.

Birds chirping, bamboo rustling in the breeze, and the sound of trickling fountains truly turn the garden into a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of the medina. –Duke

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Jardin Majorelle:

Rue Yves Saint Laurent

Admission:

30 dirham, or around $3.25

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