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Yves Saint Laurent so loved the garden he restored with Pierre Berge here in Marrakech that he requested that his ashed be scattered there when he died. Walking through the Jardin de Majorelle today, with its intense flashes of Yves Klein blue, otherworldly cacti, succulents and bamboo groves, and its air of secret repose, it was easy to understand how the garden became his passion.

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Although the gardens are most closely connected with YSL, they are named for their creator, the painter Jacques Majorelle, who settled in Marrakech in 1916, and acquired the land which would become the Majorelle garden.

In 1947 Jacques Majorelle opened the garden to the public, but following a car accident, he returned to France, where he died in 1962. in 1980 Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent purchased the overgrown garden and began the lengthy – and expensive – process of restoration.

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The gardens are easy to visit from both the Medina and Gueliz. Our petit taxi cost 30 dirhams (£2.15) from the Khoutoubia Mosque and 60d to get back (captive audience). Entrance is 25d. It doesn’t take long to walk around the gardens, but we spent quite some time sitting on benches and just looking and listening to the birdsong.

There is a pretty courtyard cafe, which serves simple sandwiches & salads, and a lovely shop, selling very covetable, very chic  and very expensive gifts – think Loulou de la Falaise jewellery exclusive to the Jardin, and Liberty print babouches and kaftans.

Outside the gates is another great cafe-restaurant, and a series of design stores and a perfumerie, all selling Moroccan-made products with a 21st century twist, all of which are worth a look.

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Ah, lovely memories you are bringing back for me! I remember the day we went there it was so scorchingly hot (it was only March), and Mark and I spent so many lovely long moments just sitting in cool, quiet corners of the garden enjoying the blissful repose. Also bought some beautiful (and not expensive) soaps in the gift shop in the loveliest jasmine and fleur d’oranger scents (the smell of either of these flavours anywhere now always transports me back to Marrakech).

Briony xx

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Wow it looks amazing so atmospheric

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This is incredible! I’ve always wanted to visit this garden.

Thank you. x

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Such memories for me here too. Me and my mum were in Marrakech in 2006 and had a magical time in this garden, wandering the souks, eating in some fine dining establishments, having a hammam and then trekking in the Atlas mountains!…. Best things about our holiday 1) Moroccan breakfasts 2) Discovering cumin, cherry tomato and chick pea omlettes 3) being bartered for 6 camels [regretfully declined offer] 4) The pure tranquility of our souk

Am reliving it all with your posts. Thank You X Em

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That was a very nice display of photo’s for a memorial blog for Yves Saint Laurent. The Garden is beautiful just like his handbags. Rest in peace my friend.

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It really is a lovely place!!!! Going to Marrakech

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It really is a lovely place! Going to Marrakech is one of my New Year´s resolutions!!

Bels

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Those gardens are so beautiful! I am in love with that gorgeous blue tile.
Glad you and lil sis are having fab relaxing hols.
J x

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Gorgeous. That’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I saw photos of the garden years ago, and when I lived in London I painted my bedroom Yves blue in tribute. Startling but lovely.

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Oh wow I’d love to visit Yves Saint Laurent’s garden – I’ll add it to my 2012 To Do list!

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