Do you like my new garden? Ok, I wish! However this magnificent garden has excited and inspired me.
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech was designed and built by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It took forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting place in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
It remained a private garden until designer Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to Marrakesh, the city that had adopted him in 1964. Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the electric-blue villa and its garden to preserve the vision of its original owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public. Thanks to Marrakshi ethnobotanist Abderrazak Benchaâbane, the garden Majorelle began cultivating in 1924 is now a psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents.
The planting was incredible; cacti, yuccas, water lilies, coconut trees, banana tree palms, and bamboo have been brought in from all over the world to sit alongside vivid flowers.
The special shade of bold cobalt blue which he used extensively in the garden and its buildings is named after him, bleu Majorelle—Majorelle Blue. The blue painted walls and pool edges give the garden a cohesive cooling feel.
Clay pots painted in bright lemon, orange, and blue line the raised polished terracotta colored cement paths that wind through immaculately maintained beds of carefully spaced plants.
It is these vivid colours that give the garden it’s signature character. Their brilliant hues set off the various shades of green and blue in the plants. The ground is mulched with a pink crushed stone that is native to the area and is the predominant colour of buildings in Marrakesh.
I’m not sure what The Glen House would look like painted in such vivid shades…
Watch this space…