Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé
buy the Jardin Majorelle in 1980

Pierre Bergé et Yves Saint Laurent à la porte du jardin

Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent at the gate of the garden

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered the Jardin Majorelle in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech.

We quickly became very familiar with this garden, and went there every day. It was open to the public yet almost empty. We were seduced by this oasis where colours used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature. » … « And when we heard that the garden was to be sold and replaced by a hotel, we did everything we could to stop that project from happening. This is how we eventually became owners of the garden and of the villa. And we have brought life back to the garden through the years.”

Pierre Bergé  Yves Saint Laurent, “Une passion marocaine”
Éditions de la Martinière, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. The new owners decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf, which they renamed Villa Oasis, and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to “make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle.”

Yves Saint Laurent in his house in Marrakech “Yves Saint Laurent dans sa maison de Marrakech” © Pierre Boulat

Automatic irrigation systems were installed, adjusting the distribution of water according to hours during the day and to the specific needs of each plant. New plant species have been added since 1999, increasing the total number from 135 to 300. A team of 20 gardeners once again began working to maintain the garden, its ponds and fountains.

The painter’s studio  has been transformed into a museum open to the public, dedicated to Berber culture, housing the personal Berber collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

Yves Saint Laurent would say he was able to find an unlimited source of inspiration in the Jardin Majorelle, and that he dreamt many times about its unique colours.


Yves Saint Laurent Memorial

He passed away on June 1, 2008, in Paris. His ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis; a memorial was built in the garden, designed around a Roman pillar which was brought from Tangier and set on a pedestal with a plate bearing his name, so that visitors can remember him and his unique contribution to fashion. “It is a way for artists to live on… ”
After Yves died, I donated the Jardin Majorelle and the Villa Oasis to the foundation in Paris which bears both our names.”

Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent, Une passion marocaine,
Éditions de la Martinière, 2010




Pierre Bergé under the Rue Yves Saint Laurent street sign, December 2010.

On November 27, 2010, the street in front of the Jardin Majorelle’s entrance was renamed the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in his honour. Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma unveiled the new street sign. On the same occasion, she inaugurated the Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco exhibition in the garden’s museum, which was seen by nearly 50,000 visitors.