YSL’s Moroccan Oasis

ysl majorelle gardensUpon beginning my pre-vacation research into what to see and do while in Marrakech, I knew right away that I would be spending a few hours in Jardin Majorelle during my stay.   It was here that Yves Saint Laurent spent time drawing and designing his collections, and it is easy to understand why… The vivid colours, stunning plants, incredible detail and warm Moroccan sunshine stir up so much inspiration it is overwhelming.

The gardens are an oasis, an escape in the midst of the hustle and bustle of busy Marrakech. The morning I spent there was absolutely glorious. Sadly, the house is not open to the public, but the gardens are and they are stunning. The gardens are famous for the incredibly vivid shade of blue found throughout the property, known as Majorelle blue. It was named (as were the gardens), after French painter Jacques Majorelle who designed the gardens during the 1920s & 1930s. YSL and his partner Pierre Bergé purchased the gardens in 1980 and YSL’s ashes were scattered there after his death in 2008.

There is a simple memorial in the gardens commemorating YSL and the gardens are still owned and kept up by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent

To get a glimpse into YSL’s time in Marrakech, and a peek inside of the house at Jardin Majorelle, check out this piece on Antimondie (it’s full of lots of amazing old photos!), and check out my gallery of pictures from my morning in the gardens below…

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