Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco
The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco was started as a private garden by the French painter, Jacques Majorelle. What started as a small plot of land quickly grew as Majorelle threw himself into crafting this lush, beautiful garden in the middle of this famed Moroccan city. He travelled the world extensively and would bring back rare plants and trees from all of his travels to fill out the garden, such as cacti, palm trees, bamboo, jasmine, carob, weeping willows, water lilies, cypress trees and much more. He used his artistic eye to carefully craft the composition of the garden, arranging the different plants according to the light and shadow, around long, meandering pathways and a long central basin. The pathways were also lined with painted walls, which were covered in bold, primary colors, most notably a cobalt blue, known as the "Majorelle blue," which the artist created and became a signature part of this garden. The blue walls contrasted beautifully with the green of the surrounding leaves and enhanced the stunning environment. There is also an Islamic Art museum on the grounds, which is a great addition to the gardens.
The garden opened to the public in 1947 but after very high costs to maintain the garden, it slowly fell into disarray. Lucky for us, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with the garden in 1966 and purchased it in 1980, reinvigorating it. It also helped the reputation that Yves and Pierre were already superstar fashion designers, bringing a natural curiosity to the garden. Travelers have been flocking here ever since.
The gardens are open all year round, from 8-5 October-May and 8-6 from June-September, though it is often better to visit in the spring when many plants will be flowering and the temperatures won't have reached the height of summer heat. The closest airport to the gardens is the Marrakech airport. It costs about $3 to get in.
Address: Jardin Majorelle, Rue Yves Saint Laurent 40090 Marrakech, Maroc