Just before Christmas we were lucky enough to go to Marrakech for a few days. The weather was glorious and during our stay we visited a spectacular garden, Le Jardin Majorelle.
Designed in the the 1920’s by expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle with marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas. The planting is offset by a special shade of cobalt blue which is used extensively in the garden and its buildings and is named after him, bleu majoerelle. After his death the gardens were neglected and became overgrown and were eventually bought in the 80’s by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge. The two restored the gardens to their former glory and the 12 acre gardens along with the berber museum based in Majorelle’s former house are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the souks and medina’s of Marrakech.
We really enjoyed our time at the gardens and would strongly recommend a visit to anyone visiting Morocco.
Le Jardin Majorelle website http://jardinmajorelle.com/ang/