Magical Morocco 2012
May 8-17th, 2012

Wednesday 16 May 2012 MARRAKECH

Continue to visit the private garden of Mr Benchaabane, the former director of the Majorelle gardens and the publisher of the magazine “Les Jardins Du Maroc” and also visit his work shop where he makes some local perfumes such as “Soir De Marrakech”.

‘My rational behind my interests is that I love to make people happy, be it through photography, perfumery, or writing. I believe that no photo, article or perfume can make sense if it’s not shared. I try to communicate whatever I create to people.’

‘To create a perfume that smells of a complex composition of a poetic atmosphere and imagination, brings a story with passion and memories and gets lost in the labyrinths of secret gardens of our being. En créant les parfums du soleil j'ai voulu, à ma manière, offrir en partage une autre facette de l'art de vivre de mon pays. In creating the fragrance of the sun (Soir De Marrakech) I wanted in my own way, to offer to share another side of the art of living in my country. » Abderrazak Benchaâbane.’ Abderrazak Benchaabane

Indulge yourself in the cool, very-blue oasis of the Le Jardin Majorelle, the stunning gardens surrounding Villa Majorelle, home of the noted French painter, Jacques Majorelle. Over 400 species of plants and over 1,800 different types of cacti compete for your attention outdoors. The Majorelle Garden is a small, meticulously planned botanical garden just off Avenue Yacob al Mansour.

Today, the Majorelle is maintained by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. It conveys both tranquility and strong colour. The keynote colour on buildings, a vivid cobalt blue, offsets the multicoloured bougainvillea, pink geranium and orange nasturtiums. The garden was made in the 1920s with marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo, coconut palms and bougainvillea. Perhaps unsurprisingly - the garden was designed by a painter yet composed and coloured like a painting.

Many of the built features were painted in a dark blue ('Majorelle Blue') which works very well with the soil, climate and plants. In fact, Majorelle's garden rather than his paintings was his masterpiece. Water is an important feature of the garden - there are channels, lily-filled ponds and fountains. Majorelle was an avid plant collector. After years of neglect, the garden was then taken over and restored by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge.

Then we got into our horse drawn carriages and took a ride through part of the souk over to a Buffet lunch at La Mamounia around the pool

After lunch, we enjoyed the very private gardens of the hotel. Our hotel was a short walk away and when done they could return at their leisure.

La Mamounia is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father. Today the gardens cover nearly 20 acres and display an incredible variety of flowers and trees. Winston Churchill loved coming here and several of his paintings of La Mamounia’s gardens hang in the Churchill Museum in England.  


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