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Majorelle Garden

  4.3/5 (9 ratings)

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The garden was made in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, with marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvilleas. Perhaps unsuprisingly as the garden was designed by a painter, the garden is composed and coloured like a painting. Many of the built features were painted in a dark blue ('Majorelle Blue') which works very well with the soil, climate and plants. In fact, Majorelle's garden rather than his paintings was his masterpiece. Water is an important feature of the garden - there are channels, lily-filled ponds and fountains. Majorelle was an avid plant collector. After years of neglect, the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge.
Address - Jardin Majorelle, Avenue Yacoub el Mansour, Marrakesh, Morocco
Opening times - All year., Daily., October to May: 8am to 5pm., June to September: 8am to 6pm.
Admission - 30 Moroccan dirhams
Website - Visit the Majorelle Garden website

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  • 6 months ago joy greyjoy@goosegreendesign.co.uk said

    A delightful, calm oasis in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is Marrakech. As a garden designer this has to be the most magical garden I have ever visited.Just wish I had been able to spend more time but the rest of my group were not garden designers!

    (5.0/5)
  • over 1 year ago Anonymous said

    I have a passion for gardens and try to visit as many as I can all around the globe. This one is definitely my worldwide favourite! It is just like walking into a dream.

    (5.0/5)
  • about 2 years ago R8 said

    Best garden in Marrakech.

    I can exactly see where other reviewers are coming from, pushes the boundary about gardening design and art as one.

    Whether you like it (and we liked it a lot) or not it will provoke discussion. Worth visiting if only to have an opinion on it.

    (4.0/5)
  • almost 5 years ago be-am said

    I´m torn between 5* and 1*: It´s wonderful, very colourful, carefully designed and maintained, an exquisite collection of plants esp. cactuses, a European painters phantasy, a really extraordinary place not to be missed.
    On the other hand its a rather freaky, surrealistic, even detached place, its closest relation indeed may be to pop art painting.
    It does not really seem to have much to do with garden culture or even Moroccan tradition, (ab?)using only its climate, plants and a few local features as decorative stuff.

    (3.0/5)
  • about 5 years ago MT Delite said

    The place is magical...if you go at the right time of day...and the right day. Serendipity
    for me last week was to arrive in early morning (8:15) with hardly a soul in the garden. The sky was a magnificent blue, matching the Majorelle blue everywhere. The birds were fabulous, singing in complete contentment. The air was cool and the amaryllis blooming beautiful apricot. The colors of the hardscape are extraordinary in a striking combination of blues, greens, yellows, and terra cotta. It was so satisfying! P.S. Make sure you also visit the museum and boutique. A total delight.

    (5.0/5)

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