Jacques Majorelle was born in 1886 in Nancy (France). In 1919 he settled in Marrakech to continue his career as a painter, where he acquired land which would become the Majorelle garden. In 1947 he opened the doors of his garden to the public.
The Majorelle Garden is famous for the extensive use of watercolors, especially the bold cobalt blue, which is used on the many buildings in the garden, on the mud plant pots, on the fountains and on the gates.
Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered the Majorelle Garden in 1966 on their first visit to Marrakech and immediately fell in love with its charm and beauty. They visited the garden each time they were in Marrakech and in 1980 when they heard plans were afoot to build a hotel on the site, they purchased the garden.
A period of renovation followed - automatic irrigation systems that adjust the water distribution by hours of the day and the specific needs of each plant were installed and the flora of the garden was gradually increased by 135 species to reach 300 by 1999. Today, a team of 20 gardeners work every day to maintain the Majorelle Garden, its ponds and fountains.
The Majorelle Garden is open 365 days of the year.
Marrakech Riad Dar Zaman is the perfect base for your adventure in Marrakech. Contact us today to reserve your preferred travel dates and start counting the days to visit this wonderful garden!