Majorelle Garden in Blue and Green Tones
There is a wonderful oasis of harmony, beauty and serenity; the island of absolute tranquility and freshness almost in the heart of Marrakech, which is cut off from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is the garden designed with love and awe by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. It is his best work.
Majorelle Garden in Marrakech
Majorelle Garden in Marrakech (Morocco) created by Jacques Majorelle
Having arrived in Morocco at the beginning of the last century, Jacques Majorelle bought land in Marrakech, in a palm grove on the outskirts of the city. Here in 1931 initially he has built a house – a studio in Art Deco style. A few years later he created a real botanical garden. The house was painted in bright blue color, creating a wonderful contrast with the emerald green plants. This shade of blue is now called Majorelle.
The artist was fascinated by this place. He became interested in collecting plants and created a garden that can be called a living work of art. There are different plants from five continents in Majorelle Garden, many of which Majorelle brought from his travels: cactus and yucca, lily and jasmine, bougainvillea and bananas, palms and bamboo.
Hundreds of birds made nests in the lush vegetation of the garden and filled it with singing. Ceramic jars with exotic plants are placed along the garden paths, a pond with lilies and lotus became home for turtles.
Fountains and pergolas, palm trees and flowers, ponds, and the house itself – all of them create perfect harmony and tranquility.
However, the artist could not enjoy the peace and quiet in his own Eden for a long time. After a car accident, he returned to Paris, where he died in 1962. The garden was deserted and the house had to be pulled down.
Fortunately, this did not happen. In 1980 the land with the garden was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge. They not only restored the Majorelle Garden, but extended it by increasing the number of plant species from 135 to 300.
The house has become a museum of Islamic art, where you can see the beautiful Majorelle Garden with Morocco landscapes.