THE GARDENS OF YVES

Dec 26, 2014by tracey Comments

One of the main sights in Marrakech is  the Gardens Majorelle, also known as Yves St. Laurent’s Gardens.

On Christmas Day we spent a few hours there.

The description below is taken right off their website as I am short on time and when you read this tomorrow I will be  on a 7 hour train journey across Morocco to Fez.

 

“The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered the Jardin Majorelle in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech.

We quickly became very familiar with this garden, and went there every day. It was open to the public yet almost empty. We were seduced by this oasis where colours 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.”

Pierre Bergé  Yves Saint Laurent, “Une passion marocaine”
Éditions de la Martinière, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. The new owners decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to “make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle.”

L1100849 first entranceL1100802 seated placeL1100797 walkway

L1100848 cactus

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L1100807 yellow pot

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L1100838 outdoor fountain twoL1100804 memorial

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L1100835 gift shop outside

Book Shop
Book Shop

L1100828 cieling book shop

The gift shop is considered one of the best stores in Marrakech.
The gift shop is considered one of the best stores in Marrakech.
Baubles in the shop
Baubles in the shop

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