Ah - another week, another country, another garden.
I had to struggle around Marrakesh for a week - a work thing - in a luxury hotel with all food and drink paid - a hard life but someone has to do it.
We had a choice of half day excursions as a way to break up the lovey-doveyness of the presentations and I elected to go to the Jardin Majorelle.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Majorelle Garden (Arabic: حديقة ماجوريل) is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, during the colonial period when Morocco was a protectorate of France.
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Majorelle was the son of the Art Nouveau ébéniste of Nancy, Louis Majorelle. Though Majorelle's gentlemanly orientalist watercolors are largely forgotten today (many are preserved in the villa's collection), the gardens he created is his creative masterpiece. 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 garden hosts more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa. It has many fountains, and a notable collection of cacti.
The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden.
Islamic Art Museum
The garden also houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, whose collection includes North African textiles from Saint-Laurent's personal collection as well as ceramics, jewelry, and paintings by Majorelle.
The whole site is 3 hectares but only 1 hectare is open to the paying public (not that we had to pay) but it was busy wee place probably because it is very shady so cool while most of Marrakesh is hot, hot, hot in the afternoon. A large grove of Bamboo greets the visitor as they arrive and it is sufficiently shady and the path screened enough that you are on your own occasionally and the garden looks a lot bigger than it really is.
A lot of people are so screened that they take the chance to tag the bamboo - I wonder if the "bam" part refers to the people who carve their names.
The cobalt blue colour mentioned above is all over the place especially noticeable around the big water features - a large lily pond and a small channelled stream.
The stream especially took my notice as there was a small frog making a huge noise despite there being hundreds of people milling around. And there it was in the roots of one of my all-time favorite plants - dalo/taro aka Colocasia esculenta - anyone who has read through these pages will know that I get excited when ever I see a taro plant - and there it was in the middle of Yves San Laurents garden in the middle of Marrakesh - who'd have thunk.