Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MAJORELLE GARDEN IN MARRAKESH

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When we were in Marrakech (Morocco), we also visited the he Majorelle Garden it is a botanical garden. It was designed by the expatriate French artist (painter) Jacques Majorelle in 1924, when Morocco was a protectorate of France. The garden he created is a 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.

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.

The colors were really amazing but so strong that most of my pictures were not good, because I forgot to set the light.

It started already at the entrance of the garden with this simple but very colorful pots.

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the museum was painted in this special blue

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I thought how easy it would be to paint a simple flower pot and it gives such an amazing result.

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For cactus fans it was the paradise here !

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The memorial of Yves St. Laurent

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strange cactus

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This cactus is called Mother in Law cushion !

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Even here people leave their marks carved in bamboo

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In the brochure I received is written : " The Majorelle Garden is one the the 20th century's most mysterious gardens. It is a place of rare individual expression and mystical force. The garden is an overpowering abundance of vegetal shapes and forms representing five continents and reflects Jacques Majorelle's significance as one of the most important plant collectors of his time.

Since acquiring and restoring the property, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé have established a trust to ensure Majorelle Garden's future existence.

Yves St. Laurent took most of his inspirations for his creations here in this garden where he lived in Majorelle's house.

12 comments:

Guy D said...

Wow these are fantastic, what a gorgeous place.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Wolynski said...

What a fantastic, magical garden. Yes, you can paint a simple object a bold color and it changes everything. No need for things to be a tasteful drab.

Lawstude said...

These are beautiful shots. I would have the time of my life just exploring the place. Great Job.

Babooshka said...

Fascinating virtual tour. Your really are in a very different and beautiful hot world.

diane said...

What a great place. So many different cactus and the blue decorations are bright and beautiful. Terrific shots too.

Maribeth said...

I've always found cactus' to be very interesting.
These are simply amazing!

Gaelyn said...

Wow, what a diverse cactus garden. Love the colorful accents.

Dr.John said...

Grreat pictures. They did have very colorful pots. Glad you shared with us.

Arija said...

My goodness...and I thought I had a lot of blue glazed pots in my garden! Splendid garden Gattina, your trip to the East certainly was full of geat adventures and delights.

Pierre said...

Hi Gattina - some truly spectacular photographs, thank you very much for sharing them and for an interesting post! Perhaps you may be interested in also contributing to the travel community at trivago?
Regards from Cape Town,
Pierre

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a garden and the collection of cactus is amazing. The "MIL Cushion" is a scream. Ha..

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! So, you were also there? It's a wonderful garden. And the Majorelle blue is stunning, isn't it?

Now, the Republic of Uzupis. Never heard? Blogtrotter has it for you… ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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