On our last full day in Marrakech we walked from the Medina to Nouvelle Ville, the part of the city established by the French in the early 20th century.
We came to visit Jardin Majorelle, a garden designed and planted by French expatriate Jacques Majorelle. He moved to Marrakech in 1919 and after buying land in Nouvelle Ville developed the garden in the 1920s and 1930s. The Art Deco villa itself was built by architect Paul Sinoir.
The garden has become very famous due to Majorelle’s use of a vibrant blue that was named Majorelle Blue after him. The garden also features deep reds and yellows, a wonderful number of palm trees and cacti and ponds full of goldfish.
He opened the garden to the public in 1947 and there are a miriad of paths to take that weave in and out of the plants and ponds.
Majorelle died in 1962 and in 1980 the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the garden and villa. I think it was used as a private residence from then on but after Laurent’s death in 2008, Bergé donated the garden to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and it is now open to the public.
The foundation has some interesting history on the garden here.
Unlike the Medina, this part of town is full of space and light and the garden exemplifies this. It is calm, beautiful and serene.
The primary colours used are wonderful and the natural green of the planting contrasts extremely well. Different textures are featured in the garden with bamboo, cacti and palm trees all making their characters known.
Various water features are dotted around the garden and there a number of places to sit and contemplate. The view to and from the villa is beautiful, it hides itself and shows its bold colours at the same time.
You might have guess that I loved this, I did. It is a stunning place.