Majorelle Gardens, Marrakesh

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    Jardin Majorelle

    by suvanki Updated Jan 1, 2008

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    Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) moved to Marrakesh from France to work on his paintings. He also set about turning his land into these landscaped gardens, opening to the public in 1947. The vivid blue colour that covers the buildings and garden accessories was first used in the early 1930's and is known as Bleu Majorelle. (I think this is my favourite colour)

    Following the death of Majorelle, the property was famously bought by Yves St Laurent.

    Majorelles former painting studio now houses the Museum of Islamic Art (I didn't have time to view this, but intended to return later, afraid I didn't though!)

    The gardens provide a peaceful refuge from the bustle of Marrakesh. Cactii, bamboo and colourful flowers line the pathways that wind around the gardens, amongst the plants are colourful pots and decorative teracotta jars.Ornate Pavillions add to the attractiveness of the gardens, and provide cooling shelter. Fountains and fish ponds provide interest, while the trickling waters provide relaxing sounds.

    There's a gift shop that sells quality items of pottery, guide books, perfumes exclusive to the Majorelle gardens and clothing. Expensive, but different!

    Open 0800-1200, 1300 -1700 Winter
    0800 - 1200, 1400 - 1900 Summer
    No picnics!

    - I wish they'd ban mobile phones from here too, as my peaceful wanderings were interrupted by one womans incessant loud ring tone, then a long noisy conversation.

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    blue - blue - savannah song....

    by marktynernyc Updated Dec 16, 2007

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    Cacti, cacti, bus loads of tourists and more busloads of tourists. To get away from the crowds, visit the Museum of islamic Arts - the collection by Yves St Laurent is fantastic - amazing textiles and jewelry. The only downer is that the building is nothing but a shell - I would have like to see the layout of the house (unfortunately many of the other art deco house in the Ville Nouvelle are being razed and replaced with McMansions)

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    Fantastic break from hot and bustling medina...

    by Jawnuta Updated Nov 18, 2007

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    Great place to escape hustling and bustling life of Medina.
    The gardens although full of tourists are quiet oasis, where you can actually enjoy African heat in August.

    Be aware of the petit taxi drivers outside of the garden. They will try to make you pay twice as much for the ride back to your hotel. Be firm and say your price, they will gave up after a while.

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    Colourful 'oasis' in the busy town

    by sachara Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    The Jardin Majorelle is a perfect place to spend a few hours, if you have enough of the busy souqs and streets for a while. The garden is a lovely, shady and intimate place, but don't think you will be the only visitor. I was in 1975, but nowadays it can be very crowded at most times of the day.

    After passing the gate you enter a lovely and colourful inner court (picture 1). Turning to the right you make first a nice walk between the cactuses and will see soon the pound with aquatic plants like waterlillies (picture 3) in front of the blue Majorelle Villa. In other parts of the garden you walk between the many species of palms (picture 4) and the bamboos (picture 2).

    Everyhwere in the garden you will find colourful pots with flowering plants (picture 1, 2, 3 & 5) in perfect harmony with their environment. There are benches for a little rest in the shade (picture 5).

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    1800 species of cactuses

    by sachara Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    In the Majorelle garden you will find lots of colourfully tropical flowers and trees like bougainvillaea, waterlillies, hibiscus, yucca, bamboo, 400 species of palmtrees.

    A very special part of the garden is the one where all the cactuses are. I red in the guidebook there are 1800 different species of cactuses in this garden, too many to see and count them all. Usually cactuses are not my favourites, but the setting here is wonderful. By the contrast of the green cactuses with the rosa ground around you can see and distinguish very well every single cactus. (picture 1, 2 & 5).

    In the total ambiance of the exotic Majorelle garden the cactuses are in perfect harmony with the bright blue and turquoise coloured villa (picture 3) and other blue ornaments in the garden (picture 4).

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    Museum of Islamic Arts

    by sachara Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    The designer of the Majorelle garden, painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), lived and worked in Marrakech from 1922 to 1962. The striking blue coloured Majorelle villa in the garden, designed in 1931 by the architect Paul Sinoir, was originally the studio of the painter. Since the 80s the builiding houses the Museum of Islamic Arts.

    In this museum you can find Fassi ceramics, pottery, jewelry, textiles and carpets from the Maghreb and Orient from the private collections of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent.

    In the museum are also about 40 engravings, made by Jacques Majorelle, depicting villages and kashbas in the Atlas.

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    Explosion of colours

    by sachara Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    My first time in Marrakech in 1975 I visited the Majorelle Garden, going there by calèche from the Djemaa el Fna. The memory I had of the garden was the abundant green of bamboo, palmtrees and other tropical trees and plants after coming to Marrkech from my dusty trip in the desert.

    After I saw the colourful pictures of the nowadays gardens, I wanted to come back and so I did in 2007. It was a rather short walk from my hotel nearby in the Ville Nouvelle. The explosion of colours I encountered in the garden was more than I ever expected. The purple of the bougainvillaea in combination with the deep blue colour of the villa and the other bright colours like yellow and turquoise were beyond any imagination.

    I learned that after my first visit Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, admiring the Majorelle garden, repurchased the garden, founded the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Trust for restoration and maintenance of this important inheritance of Jaques Majorelle, the original designer of the gardens.

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    Jardin Majorelle

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    Jardin Majorelle, owned by French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, is a beautiful garden in the Ville Nouvelle part of Marrakech. The garden takes its name from its designer, Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who lived in the adjoining house in the 20th century.

    There are nice flowers and cactii, great colours and interesting Moroccan artefacts in the gardens. It almost seemed too perfect - an expatriates romantic view of Morocco maybe rather than how it really is. The gardens are in a small street off Avenue Yacoub el Mansour in the Ville Nouvelle.

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    lovely Marjorelle Gardens - multi visits okay!

    by angiebabe Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    The beautiful Marjorelle Gardens, renovated by Yves Saint Laurent who also lives in the mansion next door, is for me a place i can never visit too often.

    visited again just last week when taking a friend for her first visit to Morocco. Like me she loves gardens and was really impressed with this garden. She also agreed with my recommendations to visit the small but rather interesting islamic museum that is housed in the blue building that you see in pretty much all the photos of the gardens!

    This is my 4th visit, still i guess not so many visits, but its been lovely each time. Of course the light is different, different time of year, different people and mood etc!!

    Its a haven in the middle of busy and bustling Marrakech with its crazy driving and hooting drivers, the busy souk with constant calls and hustle for attention, and even from the summer heat its a cooler retreat.

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    Majorelle Garden

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    The Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is a small garden designed by Jacques Majorelle between the 1920s and 1940s and now part owned by Yves Saint Laurent.

    The Majorelle Garden is located in the Ville Nouvelle area of the city, to the north east of Place du 16 Novembre. It is located approximately 30 minutes walk from Djemaa El Fna square.

    I spent about 20 minutes wandering around the garden during a visit to the city in February 2007. It was quite busy and is one of Marrakech's prime tourist attractions.

    For me the most impressive aspect of the garden is the blue Art Deco villa that stands in the middle of the garden and which provides a good backdrop for the cacti which grow around it (see main photo). This villa houses the Museum of Islamic Art, but was closed on the day that I visited.

    I picked up a leaflet (in English, French and Arabic) upon entering the garden, which describes Majorelle Garden as being:

    - "one of the twentieth century's most mysterious gardens";

    - "a place of rare individual expression and mystical force", and;

    - "an overpowering abundance of vegetal shapes and forms".

    I'm no expert on these matters, but I think those descriptions paint a more impressive picture than the reality. The garden is a nice, shaded place to retreat from Marrakech's hectic streets for a little while, but "overpowering"? "Mystical"? Not for me...

    The gardens are open daily: Summer: 8am - 5pm / Winter 8am - 6pm

    There is a small boutique shop within the garden.

    Entrance fee: 30 Dhs (additional charge for museum).

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    Les Jardins Majorelle

    by MM212 Updated Dec 14, 2006

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    The Colours of Villa Majorelle
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    Created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, an amateur botanist, the Villa Majorelle and its surrounding gardens became his home beginning in the early 1920's. Later in the 60's, the villa was purchased by none other than the designer Yves Saint-Laurent. The gardens have since been turned into a park containing rare subtropical trees and an amazing collection of cactus plants. The villa is now also a small museum of Islamic art. Jardins Majorelle are definitely worth a visit. Most striking are the colours of the villa itself - cobalt blue accented with amber yellow and celadon green - which offer a superb colourful photo opportunity.

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  • fantastic gardens to spend a afteroon

    by stemc Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    Gradens owned by Yves Sant Laurent and maintained by a trust set up by him .The gradens were origanal landscape by the artist Jacques Majorelle who came to Marrakesh in 1919 and acquired the land in 1924 and the MajorelleGardens were opened to the public in 1947

    The gardens have plants form all 5 continents showing what a avid collector of plants Majorelle was,bamboos,catus,dwarf plams ,agave ,large pond with water lillies ,colourful planters .the gardens cover 12acres .what you see walking round is how the colour blue is used washed on the garden wall crating a colourful backdrop for the plants bougainvillea,bright orange nasturtiums and pink geraniums the paths painted in lemonyellows and applegreens .

    Here also is a Museum of Islamic art that as been collected by Yves Sant Laurent on display carpets ,pottry, furnitue and doors

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    An Oasis Of Calm in the Madness

    by 43beckos Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    The Majorelle Gardens ( also known as the Yves St Laurent gardens) were built in the 1930's by the French artist Jacques Majorelle and opened to the public in the 1947.

    The gardens form an oasis of calm and an explosion of colour ( especially the blue which has become known as Majorelle blue ), with plants that vary from bamboo ( which unfortunately some vistors have seen fit to carve their names into), to giant cactus, which form beautiful backdrops to the carp pool, lilly ponds and fountains that grace the gardens.

    To the North end of the garden is Majorelles old studio. This building, again painted in the Majorelle blue, is now a museum for islamic art.

    Yves San Laurent and his partner Piere Berge bought the gardens after Majorelles death, when it was rumoured that the gardens were to be bulldozed to make way for an apartment block. YSL still owns the Villa Oasis which can be seen from the petrol station adjacent to the gardens.

    This place is definitely worth a visit, just to marvel at the colours and sit and take some respite from hot and manic Marrakech

    It is worth noting that unaccompanied children and picnics are banned from the gardens.

    Entry fee is 30DHS (about £2.00)

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    Majorelle Gardens

    by SallyM Written Jul 29, 2006

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    Cacti in the Majorelle Garden

    This garden is one of the highlights of the new town. Created by the artist Jacques Majorelle in the first half of the twentieth century, the garden has now been bought and restored by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is not large, but contains botanical specimens and cacti, wonderfully set off by the deep blue paint of the architecture. A pavilion in the centre of the garden contains a small exhibition of Islamic art.

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    Escape to the soothing cool of Majorelle Gardens

    by sunlovey Written May 12, 2006

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    Lush, vibrant, exotic & picturesque, with rich accents of electric cobalt, canary yellow and a stunning shade of green...

    There are turtles, koi, and kittens galore...

    Swaying bamboo trees, blooming bougainvillea 'til your heart's content and a prickly assortment of cactus, not to mention a plethora of other plants that will produce ooohs and ahhs from your lips.

    But the fact of the matter is, this place is so incredibly soothing, refreshing and awe-inspiring. In the midst of the baking Marrakesh heat, you step into Majorelle gardens and can't help but exhale. Everyone is quiet here, reverent amidst such beauty.

    There are countless tips here on VT about Majorelle, first created by a the French painter, now "owned" by Yves Saint Lauren. And just 15 dirhams to get in..., that's a small price to pay for luscious peace. Majorelle's formal studio now houses a collection of Islamic art. Be sure to check the opening hours before you go, we found that the Islamic art museum closes mid day for a couple of hours in late April/early May.

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