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Travelogue: Le Jardin Majorelle


I’m still going through all the photos from my trip to Morocco last month but today I wanted to share some of my favorite snaps from Le Jardin Majorelle–one of my all time favorite destinations. It’s a two and half acre botanical garden in Marrakech created by French artist, Jacques Majorelle in 1923 and features a striking blue villa designed by French architect, Paul Sinoir in the ’30s.


In the ’80s, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought it and worked to bring it to where it is today — and it’s truly #gardengoals. There is also a little Yves Saint Lauren gallery of his “Love” posters. I am obsessed. He used them as New Years cards and made one every year for thirty years.

My love in the Yves St.Laurent “Love” gallery

Even the people maintaining the gardens match in Majorelle BluE


 

In the museum cafe

A little mint tea stop at the cafe




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I’d seen the gardens so many times in photos–that Majorelle blue is unmistakable– but I didn’t know that there was also a really wonderful Berber Museum in the garden. It was totally fascinating to learn more about Berber art and design. There were no photos allowed in the museum, but everything from the Berber clothing to the jewelry and every day objects speak to me on a very deep level. Perhaps it has something to do with the complex and layered convergence of cultures (that I identify with a a multi-cultural human)–but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post — or dissertation or something.

I left the gardens and the museum feeling totally inspired and invigorated. I even bought a can of the Majorelle Blue paint at the museum gift shop but wasn’t allowed to bring it home with me on the plane so I had to leave it there. So sad. Guess my memories and photos will have to suffice for now.

Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

7 responses to “Travelogue: Le Jardin Majorelle”

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    The blue is perfect, almost like at Frida’s house. Do you know of a paint colour available on this side of the pond that is close?

    • Q says:

      Go to Home Depot and ask for majorelle blue. It does have a Pantone number. I’m painting my little Florida cottage that color story.

  2. Monique says:

    The colors alone make me want to leave NOW!

  3. Bubbie says:

    Art and colour as subversive, creative travesty. Here’s to raising and praising

  4. Jihane says:

    Your post makes me smile. A gigantic smile. Sending you love! (from a Moroccan who lives in Milano :))

  5. All these photos are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with us. :-)

  6. Marta Brysha says:

    I don’t know when you were there, but in April it was so crowded I had to wait ages to get photos that didn’t have anyone in them. It is indeed a beautiful garden and building but sadly the sense of repose that photos “sans people” offer is not the experience of being there in a huge crowd.

    It’s interesting to see your photos(which are lovely) relative to my own, how different minds focus on different aspects and can give a different view/experience of a place in pictures. The colour is so vibrant and so superbly curated it’s a delight for the photographer.

    Also of note is the Berber museum showcasing YSL’s own collection of Berber textiles and jewellery which are incredibly inspiring. And of course the YSL museum next door. I was lucky enough to catch a temporary exhibition of his wearable art pieces, absolutely stunning.

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