When we talk about the Majorelle Garden, there is only one name that pops up in our head and what a name! We are talking about he great and unforgettable French designer Yves Saint Laurent here.
Judging from his rich life it would seem that Saint Laurent was a most passionate man; amongst these passions, Morocco. Morocco was his second home.
The influence is clear in his designs and it is no wonder the couturier would have spent some of his life on that cherished land. That love was expressed throughout his life, in his words, in his designs, in his actions…
Yves Saint Laurent so loved the Majorelle garden he restored with Pierre Berge here in Marrakech that he requested that his ashed be scattered there when he died. Walking through the Jardin de Majorelle today, with its intense flashes of Yves Klein blue, otherworldly cacti, succulents and bamboo groves, and its air of secret repose, it was easy to understand how the garden became his passion.
Although the gardens are most closely connected with YSL, they are named for their creator, the painter Jacques Majorelle, who settled in Marrakech in 1916, and acquired the land which would become the Majorelle garden.
In 1947 Jacques Majorelle opened the garden to the public, but following a car accident, he returned to France, where he died in 1962. in 1980 Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent purchased the overgrown garden and began the lengthy – and expensive – process of restoration.
The mesmerising blue in a sea of greens is one of Morocco’s must-sees for visitors who now get to explore its lush gardens. A visual experience with shades so vibrant it seems fitting they should have influenced such a master of colour and texture.
Home to hundreds of exotic plants and peacefully shaded grounds, the Majorelle Garden provides a nice reprieve from the bustling streets and souks of Marrakesh both for the tourits and the locals.
And if you happen to be hungry while wandering around this exotic bubble, you can enjoy a lovely break right inside the Majorelle garden where the little and exquisite Cafe Bousafsaf is located.
A yummy vegetarian tagine. Some says, this café is one of the best to indulge great tagines. I would not disagree at all! And the waiters are lovely!
Another tagine but with olives and chicken.
To end this so tasty lunch, we took a tea and one very Morrocan pastry called ” corne de gazelle”