The Majorelle was restored by Yves St. Laurent and his life partner Pierre Berge. An Oasis of desert species, the garden is full of surprises and very old (and large) Cacti as well as palms and bamboo species rare and both ancient and newly planted. The canopy of leaves above you dapples the ground around you and creates the sensation of being somewhere you've never been except in a dream. Water features and fountains cool in the shadows and obscure the sounds of the surrounding city. There are two structures painted a startling dense blue, one a viewing pavillion and the other an exotic little building housing a Berber Museum showing St.Laurent's extraordinary collection of Berber Jewellry and Tribal Costumes. There is an excellent bookshop and photographic prints at reasonable prices. Around the back of the Museum is a courtyard cafe with excellent food and refreshments. We spent about 3 hours or more in this garden adding lunch in our reluctance to leave the place.
St. Laurent was born in Africa and built his getaway home adjacent to the garden. You can glimpse it with it's fanciful turrets and terraces through the greenery. It is not open to the public. The garden requires a modest charge to visit. An absolute must.
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