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Majorelle Gardens Marrakech - The gardens of Yves Saint-Laurent

Updated on February 21, 2015

Jardins Marjorelle - Places to see in Marrakech

Sprinkled behind the cobalt blue walls of his beloved gardens, nestled amongst the rarest of plants, lay the ashes of Yves Saint Laurent.

Neon hued pots glow in the dappled shade, while water lilies shimmer underneath tinkling fountains. Magenta bougainvilleas rampage across the walls while gossamer like cactus spines tempt you to just one touch.

Wander the bamboo lined pathways past limpid, hazy ponds. Visit the Berber museum on your way to the picturesque cafe. Feed the resident felines then cast your gaze into the Galeries Love to admire posters Yves designed to celebrate the new year . Turn the corner to discover impressively tall palms surrounding "le maison" rising elegantly above the artistic landscape. Unlock the gateway to a wealth of plant life, design and decoration.

Dramatic, yet tranquil, the integration of landscape and architecture here creates a visual feast for any visitor, offering a refreshing elixir for the languid heat of a Marrakech summer.

Let's start your journey. Push back the gates.

Majorelle garden gate
Majorelle garden gate

Unlock the gateway to a wonderland, like Alice down the rabbit-hole.

Magenta bougainvilleas rampage across terracotta walls.

Wander bamboo lined pathways,

Where Spiky Leafed Palms Reach Skywards,

Pass Limpid, Hazy Ponds

While Gossamer like Cactus Spines Tempt You to Just One Touch

Visit the Berber Museum

Berber jewellery
Berber jewellery

then relax in the Cafe Bou Saf Saf with a cafe nuss-nuss

Delicious breakfast -petit dejeuner

or lunch - dejeuner.

Hot & cold drinks - une boisson chaude et froid

Opening hours: 8h30 - 17h30

For information or "une reservation," contact Souad :

Telephone : +212 (0)5 24 30 37 79

Email : bousafsaf@menara.ma

GARDEN OPENING HOURS:

Jardin Majorelle

Rue Yves Saint Laurent

Marrakech, Maroc

+212 (0)5 24 31 30 47

+212 (0)6 61 75 90 58

+212 (0)5 24 30 18 94

Email : info@jardinmajorelle.com

Entry:

Gardens : 50 Dhs

Museum : 25 Dhs

Open every day:

1st October to 30 April : 8h - 17h30

1st May to 30 September : 8h - 18h

Month of Ramadan : 9h - 17h

*The gardens and museum have handicap access*

before you cast your gaze into the Galeries Love.

Turn the corner to discover

Le Maison As It Rises Elegantly Above the Artistic Landscape

"Jardins" is French for Gardens.

During Pierre Bergs eulogy of Saint Laurent, he reflected on their lifetime of memories

"I remember your first collection under your name and the tears at the end. Then the years passed. Oh, how they passed quickly. The divorce was inevitable but the love never stopped."

Poor Pierre Berge. On the day of his arrival in Paris, as he was walking on the Champs-Elysses, French poet Jacques Pravert fell on him while attempting suicide.

How to get there-Marrakech Transport - Visit the gardens riding on a caleche

Hop on Hop off Bus Marrakech

Marrakech Transport

There are two routes for this handy bus trip. One extends off to the Majorelle gardens from the city centre. Catch it just outside the main square. One and two day passes are available.

If your lucky enough to be staying close by the gardens buy a pass anyway and use it like your local bus service! Only glamorous.

Known as 'The Red City' or again 'The Pearl of the South', Marrakech is a fascinating city. Add the D'Jma Fnaa heritage listed square, Katoubia mosque, the oldest mosque in Morocco dating back over a milennium, Menara Park, Bahadia palace , Saaidian tombs, the Royal Theatre, the Congress Centre, and Mamounia hotel so loved by Winston Churchill and Orson Welles to your things to see in Marrakech on this magical tour.

Disembark and rejoin the trip as often as you like, from wherever you like.

Don't leave home without it.

My personal favourite. It's light, has a handy map and helpful information on day trips from Marrakech.

Visit the beautiful boutique

In Summer of 1996, Saint Laurent was the first courturier to show his Haute Couture show live on the Internet

Young Yves Saint Laurent
Young Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Story

Farewell Laurent 1936-2008

He was a prodigy - named head of the House of Dior when he was just 21 - but he was no "enfant terrible".

Yves Saint Laurent met Pierre Berge in 1958. They became romantically involved and together launched Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in 1961. The couple split amicably in 1976 but remained lifelong friends and business partners.

In the course of his 45-year career in fashion, he altered the female silhouette with his trapeze dresses and sexy "Le Smoking" tuxedo suits. "Fashions fade - style is eternal," he said, and no one did style like Saint Laurent.

Source Radhika Jones-http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article...

Jet Setters

In-between designing and organising haute couture runway shows, Yves lived a "Lifestyle of the Rich & Famous" during the 1960s and 70's jetting between New York, Paris and Marrakech to spend time with his lover Pierre Berge and oversee the restoration of the gardens surrounding their beautiful villa.

Regularly seen at Studio 54 in New York or Regines in Paris, Yves fell into an abyss of cocaine and heavy drinking. His collections were always a success until later decades of change took their toll on his business.

Source: Wikipedia

About Jacques Majorelle

Jacques Majorelle was a French Artist.The Majorelle Gardens are a twelve-acre botanical and landscape garden designed by Jacques in Marrakech.

Morocco was a protectorate of France in the 1920s and '30's when Jacques designed these gardens. Though Majorelle's gentlemanly orientalist watercolors are largely forgotten today (many are preserved in the villa's collection), these gardens are his masterpiece.

The garden hosts more than 15 bird species endemic to North Africa, featuring a notable collection of cacti. The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé have owned the gardens since 1980.

source: wikipedia

Where to stay in Marrakech

Staying near the gardens is a peaceful, serene option in contrast to the central part of town or "centreville"as it's known in Marrakech. I lived across the road from the gardens for two months in spring and visited most days, never tiring of it.

Entry is cheap , 50 dirhams, about $6 and the local life is fascinating. Nearby a semi Western style Acima supermarket makes life easy for weary travellers. It's just Moroccan enough to be intriguing and just Western enough to cope with your alcohol needs or currency conundrums.

Visit trip advisor for a dazzling array of choice, from budget to high end, with reviews from fellow travellers.

Marrakech Design & Style

Marrakesh by Design
Marrakesh by Design

Marayam Montague is the super stylish owner of Peacock Pavilion, an enchanting boutique hotel in Marrakech, gives you a look behind the ornate doors of Morocco. Choose a flying carpet of your own to add to your home decor.

 

Will you visit the gardens?

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      You put such a lot of work into this article. Beautiful. I did not know that Yves Saint Laurent had passed away but what a beautiful place to lay in your final resting place. What truly gorgeous gardens.

    • Mary Crowther profile image

      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Pretty and so colorful! Great lens and angel blessings!

    • hartworks lm profile image

      hartworks lm 

      6 years ago

      No, but I did visit Marrakech many years ago and loved it. Enjoyed the photos. Interesting life you have, part Sydneysider, part Marrakechsider!

    • BestRatedStuff profile image

      BestRatedStuff 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful city, all that blue is so awesome and the gardens and water are lovely and must be so cooling.

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