Jardin Majorelle in the new town is a massive twelve-acre botanical garden originally designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920 and 1930. You can see his special shade of cobalt blue called ‘Majorelle Bleu’ running throughout in this greenest garden with over 300 different plants.
In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered and fell in love with the Jardin Majorelle on their first trip to the country. In 1980, they bought the garden and the iconic blue villa in order to save the garden from turning into a hotel complex. They moved into the renamed Villa Oasis and began restoring the garden to the vision of Jacques Majorelle originally intended. Jardin Majorelle has inspired Yves Saint Laurent in many ways and when he passed away in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the rose garden of Villa Oasis. After this, Pierre Bergé donated the garden and the villa to the The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.
There is a mini gallery in the corner of the garden called Gallery Love where they exhibit the New Year’s greetings card YSL made each year for his friends and the clients. Started in the 70s, he made the LOVE cards every year mainly using collages of his illustrations and photos. Buy the postcards from the gallery store and take the YSL’s love back home.
Jardin Majorelle has a courtyard café where you can take a moment and let the peaceful surroundings set in over a avocado, date and almond smoothie.
Open everyday, check the opening hours on their homepage for different seasons.
Jardin Majorelle, Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco