Fountain at the entrance
Before entering the garden itself, the visitor is greeted by an enclosed space with a square fountain. Designed by renowned American decorator Bill Willis, the colourful zelliges (terracotta tile work) that decorate the fountain show his passion for Moroccan artisanal techniques. Benches provide a first contemplative pause, to the sound of gurgling water.
Jacques Majorelle was especially interested in cacti. Out of respect for this passion, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé continued to expand the collection, which today includes about thirty members of the cactus family. Some have been imported from the southwest regions of the United States.
On December 3, 2011, the Berber Museum was officially inaugurated on the ground floor of the villa-studio of Jacques Majorelle. Representing a rich panorama of the various indigenous tribes, the most ancient of North Africa, are more than 600 objects from the Rif Mountains to the Sahara. The wide range of jewellery, weapons, leather goods, basketwork and woven textiles demonstrate the richness and diversity of the still-vibrant Berber culture.
TThe permanent exhibition was specially designed for the collection and includes commissioned photography, films, audio and music tapes, which transports the visitor into the Moroccan world of the Berbers.
The museum bookshop has an extensive selection of works about Morocco, and Berber art in particular. All art forms linked to the country are represented, from architecture to the decorative arts (woodworking, plaster and zellige), landscaping and the art of the garden, jewellery, clothes, photography… There is an important section devoted to textiles and costumes, including books about Yves Saint Laurent. The bookshop is also an art gallery featuring a wide variety of antique photographs, watercolours, drawings and engravings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Yves Saint Laurent mainly used collage to create the "LOVE" posters exhibited here. Starting in the 70s, he sent them every year as New Year's greetings to his friends and the clients of his fashion house.
The on-site boutique offers a wide range of unique clothing and products, designed exclusively for the Jardin Majorelle, and which reflect ancestral Moroccan savoir-faire.
They are inspired by the flora and colours of the garden, the richness of its Berber museum collections, and the work of Yves Saint Laurent that affirmed his profound passion for Morocco.
The boutique features a silk and cotton clothing line, produced at the Jardin Majorelle’s own workshop, embroidered leather cushions and leather goods, artisanal soaps, and a panoply of traditional handmade preserves…
Silver jewellery, silk scarves, and hand-woven textiles are presented alongside an exclusive collection of jewellery designed by Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent’s former studio director responsible for accessories.
Delectably shady, the Café Bousafsaf, named after Jacques Majorelle's first house, Villa Bou Saf Saf, is open all day from 8.30am to 5.30pm for breakfast and lunch – or simply for a hot or refreshingly cool drink.
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Water lily pool
The aquatic plants, water lilies and Asian lotus flowers, along with the luxuriant vegetation in the garden, create a revitalizing contrast to the desert surrounding the city of Marrakech.
A refreshing oasis in the southern part of the garden. Some of the palm trees have been imported from the South Pacific, eastern Africa, India, the Mediterranean basin and the Canary Islands. There are several varieties including Washingtonias, Bismarckia nobilis, Phoenix canariensis and P. roebelenii, Coccothrinax crinita and Sabel causiarum varieties.
Yves Saint Laurent Memorial
A monument to the memory of Yves Saint Laurent, who died on June 1, 2008, it is composed of a Roman column which came from his Tangier home, placed on a red-ochre base. A plaque bearing the name of Yves Saint Laurent and two white marble benches allow visitors to pause and remember … it is a way for artists to live on.
The elegant bamboo with decorative foliage are originally from southeast Asia. They have now created a little forest which extends from the south to the west of the garden, between the boundary walls and a winding path; the dappled light and shadows and the gentle breeze through the leaves give a sense of well-being.
Situated at the end of the seguia (irrigation canal) which runs from the former artist’s studio, the pavilion was designed by Jacques Majorelle, who painted there. With its chiselled plaster, mix of colours and moucharabieh, it is reminiscent of Arab-Andalucian architecture and fits perfectly in the garden.
at the entrance
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