Artist Jacques Majorelle travelled the world to paint and through these travels grew a love of gardening and he began to bring plants from around the globe. These plants featured in his garden, Jardin de Majorelle. The connection he experienced with nature as well as the inhabitants of the areas where he travelled can be seen in his paintings and in the garden. The strong colours of the garden gained exposure, so much so that one colour is known as “Majorelle blue”, an ultramarine, cobalt blue.
Jardin Majorelle opened to the public in 1947 and became a local sensation. However, Jacques Majorelle had financial problems and had to keep subdividing the plots, eventually leading to the prospective sale of the garden to become the site of a hotel.
In 1980 Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé buy the Jardin Majorelle and save it from destruction. They fell in love with the garden during their frequent visits and couldn’t bear to see the park fall any further into despair.
Moving into the Villa on site, they refurbished the garden to the original oasis that Majorelle wanted.
Yves Saint Laurent passed passed away in 2008. His ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis. A memorial was built in the garden and dedicated to Yves.
October 1 – April 30: 8 am – 5:30 pm
May 1 – September 30 : 8 am – 6 pm
The month of Ramadan: 9 am – 5 pm
Garden: 50 Dhs
Museum: 25 Dhs
Rue Yves Saint Laurent