Saturday, 5 February 2011

Jardin Majorelle

I enjoy seeing all the posts about gardens people visit around the world.  While not as good as being there,  they can cheer up a dull day, and many end up on a list of places to visit if I am ever in the area. Having visited a few myself, I though I would post a some to fill in the quiet times.

A couple of years back, my OH and I went to Morocco. One of the places we visited was Jardin Majorelle. Originally the home and garden of the French painter Jacques Majorelle and first opened to the public in 1947.  Restored by Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent in 1980 it is well worth a visit if you ever happen to be in Marrakesh.. 

It is probably best known for its hard landscaping in bright colours, something which sadly does not work in the UK due to lower light levels. I would love to paint my house this colour, although even with better light it may attract a few strange glances.

There is a larger dry bed just in front of the house which has a lovely selection of agaves and cacti. This is surrounded by beds with a mixture of different planting including palms, bamboos and bananas.  

One of my favourite aspects were all the brightly colour pots edging ad sometimes blocking the paths.

When you need a rest there are a few little places to sit and watch the world go by.

Looking through the photos again reminds me what a lovely holiday it was.  Given outside it is grey and windy , I know where I would rather be!


  1. I have a book on this garden, it was nice to see a different set of pictures. Thanks for the Saturday morning escape!

  2. i love the utter playful use of color! just go for it! fun garden to see!

  3. It is a great place, and all the colours really work. I would use a lot more if they worked in the UK, but they look dull due to our low light intensity. I am building a Moroccan inspired seating area at the bottom of the garden which I may post pictures of if it works.

  4. I love garden travel through blogs too. That Moroccan blue manages to be a hot and cool color at the same time. I saw large painted terracotta pots yesterday at a tile factory, just like these at the Jardin, and wondered why it's not done more often. I want a row of them in blue, turquoise, and yellow.