The Majorelle Garden
May 1 – September 30 : 8 am – 6 pm
he month of Ramadan: 9 am – 5 pm
Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz Morocco
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco!
It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.Today its owner is a famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colors, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.
The garden covers nearly two and a half acres. Collections of cacti, exotic plants and trees are landscaped to emphasize each one’s unique beauty. The paths allow us to see how the architectural style of the villa-studio, now transformed into a museum, is set off by vibrant colors dominated by its “Majorelle blue”. The pools, streams and fountains create a haven of serenity. The delicate sound of trickling water accompanies the song of the bulbul in the gardens and the chirping of numerous other bird species who have found their Eden here: blackbirds, house sparrows, robins, blue tits, great tits, warblers, grey wagtails and turtledoves.