Officially known as Le Jardin Majorelle, but widely known as the Yves St Laurent Gardens since he bought the villa and gardens to save this beautiful place from destruction when it was earmarked for redevelopment. It is now a memorial to him since his death in 2008.
The bamboo, cacti and palm trees tower into the sky against a backdrop of indescribable cobalt blue – I hope some of these photos I took capture a little of the flavour. I find the shapes and colours so inspiring.
It was actually the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) who gave forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered Jardin Majorelle in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech. They went on to buy it in 1980…
“We quickly became very familiar with this garden, and went there everyday. It was open to the public but was almost empty. We were seduced by this oasis where the colors used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature. » … « And when we heard that the garden was to be sold and replaced by a hotel, we did everything we could to stop that project from happening. This is how we eventually became owners of the garden and of the villa. And we have brought life back to the garden through the years.”
Yves Saint Laurent, A passion for Morocco “Yves Saint Laurent, Une passion marocaine”, from Pierre Bergé Éditions de la Martinière, 2010