LE JARDIN MAJORELLE
One of the places I’ve been super excited to see in Marrakech, was the garden of Jardin Majorelle. One of the most visited sights in Morroco.
When it comes to touristic sightseeing spots I’m usually deterred, I’d rather love to explore cities on my own and don’t necessarily do, nor see what “travel guides” say you should do. They sure are a few exceptions though, – Le Jardin Majorelle is one of them! I’ve seen so many wonderful images of this beautiful garden in the past years, and I knew so much about the history… so it was obvious to me, that I needed to pay a visit whenever I make my way out to Marrakech.
The Majorelle garden is a two and half acre botanical garden which was designed and created by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It took him forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”… it is said to be it’s finest work.
The garden opened to the public in 1947 and host an incredible number of cacti, palm tress and bamboo, surrounded by tropical birds. Topped with cobalt blue monuments (such as the fountain and the Villa Oasis) across the entire garden. I personally was taken by all of it in an instant and haven’t seen such accurate beauty with a very special style and it’s very own soul… Incredibly vibrant, powerful and full of life.
After Majorelle sold the house and land in the 1950s, it fell into disrepair. After 16 years, in 1966, – Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé rediscovered the Jardin Majorelle garden, during their first stay in Marrakech. Both were obsessed with the oasis, where colors used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature…
In 1980, after spending a fair amount of time at their new so called Oasis, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. They restored it to its glory and the new owners decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to “make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle.”
I’ve been wondering around, stunned by so much beauty, visualizing their lives here and how absolutely breathtaking it must have been to wake up to such a paradise every morning.
Saint Laurent passed away on June 1, 2008, in Paris. His ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis. A beautiful memorial was built in the garden, designed around a Roman pillar which was brought from Tangier and set on a pedestal with a plate bearing Saint Laurent’s name, so that visitors can remember him and his unique contribution to fashion.
A wonderful way for artists to live on…
After Yves’s death, Bergé donated the Jardin Majorelle and the Villa Oasis to the Berge´- YSL foundation in Paris, which bears both their names.”
An absolute “must-see” when in Marrakech.