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Jardin Marjorelle (Jardin Bou Saf), Marrakesh
These gardens were created in the 1920's by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and now maintained by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. With dwarf palms, bamboo groves and lily ponds, these gardens are worth a quick visit if you want a break from the chaos of central Marrakesh (no, I've not nicked these words from a travel guide).
If you want peace and quiet, get there early, as they're becoming the worst kept secret in Marrakesh as more and more tourists discover them.
The Jardin Majorelle are some lovely and unusual gardens located in the Gueliz area (new town) of Marrakech. The gardens were originally created by Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who moved to Marrakech in 1919 with an interest in plants.
The gardens were opened to the public in 1947. Some years after Jacques Majorelle death, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge purchased the gardens and restored them to their former glory.
In the gardens you can see plants from 5 continents. The main categories of plants are cacti (or cactuses if you prefer), palms, bamboo and aquatic plants.
The gardens are also home to the Islamic Arts Museum, where you can see displays of textiles, ceramics, weapons and jewellery, along with carpets and other treasures.
There is a stunning blue building (which contains the museum) and it makes a fabulous subject for some photos.
My favourite part of the gardens was the large cactus garden - I am a cactus fan from way back!
From October to May: 8am-5pm
From June to September: 8am-6pm
To the gardens: 30 dirham
To the museum: additional 15 dirham
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The Majorelle Garden is one of the twentieth century´s most mysterious gardens.
Visiting Hours ! Winter: 8 am - 17 pm. Summer 8 am - 18 am.
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