Travel: Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh

jardin marjorelle marrakesh, marrakech morocco

The weather is awful just now so what’s better than a boost of colour and thinking of warmer places?  Last December we treated ourselves to a trip to Marrakesh in Morocco as a result of the new Easyjet route to Marrakesh, Morocco from Glasgow.

One of the highlights of Marrakesh is Jardin de Majorelle. Artist Jacques Majorelle travelled the world to paint and through these travels grew a love of gardening so he began bringing back plants from around the globe to feature in his garden. The connection he experienced with nature, as well as the inhabitants of the areas he visited, can be seen in his paintings (there is a museum here) and in the garden. The strong colours of the garden gained exposure, so much so that “Majorelle blue” now means an ultramarine, cobalt shade of blue.

Jardin Majorelle opened to the public in 1947 and became a local sensation. However, Jacques Majorelle had financial problems and had to keep subdividing the plots, eventually leading to the prospective sale of the garden to become the site of a hotel.

In 1980 Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle and saved it from destruction.

Moving into the Villa on site, they refurbished the garden to the original oasis that Majorelle wanted.

Yves Saint Laurent passed passed away in 2008. His ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis. A memorial was built in the garden and dedicated to Yves.

Opening Hours:-
October 1 – April 30: 8 am – 5:30 pm
May 1 – September 30 : 8 am – 6 pm
The month of Ramadan: 9 am – 5 pm

Entry Fee:-
Garden: 50 Dhs
Museum: 25 Dhs

Jardin Majorelle
Rue Yves Saint Laurent
Marrakech, Morocco




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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