Garden Destination: Jardin Majorelle – Marrakesh, Morocco

As I put together my ‘Spanish Blue – Can you make this into a garden’ piece,  I came across, again and again,  the Jardin du Majorelle in Marrakesh.   My wanderlust has been calling to me from Morocco (and India too) for sometime, so I happily obliged further exploration into the blue garden.

Have you been to this place?
jardin do majorelle Marrakesh Morocco garden design destination
image by AurelioZen

The  original owner was Jaques Majorelle a French painter  whose masterpiece turned out to be this garden.  This particular color of blue, used profusely, is named for him;  Majorelle Blue.

majorelle jardin marrakesh morocco garden design

image by talkingdoguk

After Majorelle’s death, the property fell into disrepair but was bought and restored by Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980.  Bergé wrote a book about the place that is part of the series ‘Small Books about Great Gardens’ and is called Majorelle: A Moroccan Oasis (Small Books of Great Gardens).

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image by squirmelia

The light fixtures are simply stunning.
moroccan garden lighting jardin du majorelle
1. P7041816, 2. Lamp

I think it is easy to understand why this garden was created by a painter and subsequently purchased by another designer. The play of light and the inspiration on offer is a dream (just check out all the images on Flickr to see what photographers have done!).
The garden also houses Yves St Laurent’s collection of Islamic Art, is full of exotic and rare plants (Majorelle was a plant collector) and at least 11 North African bird species not found anywhere else.

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1. The Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, 2. jardin majorelle, marrakesh, 3. Majorelle Gardens, Majorelle Blue, 4. Marruecos – Marrakech – Jardin Majorelle – Contraste

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

3 Comments

  1. Ann Marie on April 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I love the blue in these images. Just so happy a color.

  2. Leslie on April 24, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I have been dreaming about Morocco lately and these images are fabulous!

  3. Nitheen on November 26, 2009 at 7:04 am

    beautiful color and a lovely place.

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