Discover Marrakech’s Oasis: Jardin Majorelle

Crafted by Jacques Majorelle and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent, Jardin Majorelle stands among Morocco's most beautiful gardens.

Nestled in the heart of Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle, also known as Majorelle Garden, seamlessly weaves together the artistic vision of French painter Jacques Majorelle and the dedicated stewardship of fashion icon Yves Saint-Laurent.

This lush oasis, conceived over four decades, eloquently narrates a captivating story of love, loss, and enduring creativity.

A Painter’s Passion for Marrakech

Born in 1886, Jacques Majorelle, son of renowned Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle, found solace and inspiration in Morocco. His love affair with Marrakech began in 1917, culminating in the creation of the Jardin Majorelle. Transforming the garden into his canvas, he utilized a vivid palette of cactus, yucca, jasmine, bougainvillea, and more, all framed by his trademark “Majorelle Blue.”

Public Unveiling and Personal Challenges

As the years passed, Majorelle’s passion grew, leading him to open the garden to the public in 1947. Unfortunately, his personal life took a downturn, marked by divorce, financial struggles, and a debilitating car accident. In 1962, Jacques Majorelle passed away, leaving his cherished creation to face a period of neglect.

Restoration and Renewal

In a twist of fate, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered the Jardin Majorelle in 1966, rekindling its vibrancy. Faced with the threat of demolition in 1980, they promptly purchased the property, embarking on a meticulous restoration project. The garden not only regained its former glory but also expanded under their watchful eyes, featuring the addition of automatic irrigation systems and an increased plant species count.

A Symbolic Tribute

The story takes a poignant turn in 2008 when Yves Saint-Laurent’s ashes found their final resting place in the rose garden of Jardin Majorelle. In a heartfelt tribute, the street in front of the garden was renamed Rue Yves Saint Laurent in 2010. Following Saint-Laurent’s passing, the Foundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent took ownership in 2010, thereby ensuring the garden’s enduring legacy.

Beyond Botanical Wonders

In addition to the captivating flora, Jardin Majorelle houses the Berber Museum, offering a fascinating glimpse into the creativity of the Berber people, who are the oldest indigenous inhabitants of North Africa.

Jardin Majorelle

Visiting Jardin Majorelle

For those planning a visit, garden welcomes visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The admission fee is 155 Dhs, and tickets can only be purchased online. To savor the tranquility and avoid crowds, arriving early or in the late afternoon is recommended, ensuring an immersive experience in this living masterpiece.

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