One of the world’s great gardens, Jardin Majorelle was created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s. I fell in love with the numerous exotic plants, peaceful courtyards and pops of colour immediately. Located in the downtown area of Marrakesh’s new town, the a 12 acre botanic garden was my favourite thing we saw in Marrakesh.
In 1980, Yves Saint-Laurent and his partner fell in love with the gardens (I can see why) and subsequently bought them to protect them from destruction.
As soon as I entered the gardens I was overwhelmed by the incredible colours surrounding me, including ‘majorelle blue’.
Walking through this garden inspired me to paint my garden pots these colours one day.
Even the walls alone are worth photographing.
I could have sat to admire the collections of cacti, exotic plants and trees, landscaped to emphasise their unique beauty, all day…
…but then I would have missed out on the burbling ponds covered in sheets of water lilies and lotus flowers.
Inside the garden, I would recommend entering the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh which houses ethnic textiles, costumes and jewellery.
Don’t forget to visit the Yves Saint-Laurent ‘Love’ gallery too, displaying a collection of love posters designed by Yves Saint-Laurent over 35 years.
Tips: arrive early to avoid the crowds as coach tours arrive later in the day. Take a decent camera, you’ll want to photograph each corner of the gardens!