French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought Jardin Majorelle in 1984 to preserve the vision of its original owner, French landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, and keep it open to the public. The garden, started in 1924, contains a psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents. At its heart lies Majorelle's electric-blue art deco studio, home to the Musée Berbère, which showcases the rich panorama of Morocco's indigenous inhabitants through displays of some 600 artefacts.
In recent years the site has become incredibly popular and now ranks as Morocco's most visited tourist attraction, with around 900,000 visitors a year. Helping to alleviate the funnel of bodies, in December 2018 the YSL Foundation expanded the gardens by opening up the section containing Villa Oasis (Friday to Monday, 10am to 6pm), where Bergé lived until his death in 2017.
Jardin Majorelle also houses a pretty courtyard cafe, a small book and photography shop, and a chic boutique selling Majorelle blue slippers, textiles and Amazigh-inspired jewellery influenced by YSL designs. All areas of the site are wheelchair and pram accessible.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent is next door to the gardens, and combined tickets can be bought for both attractions; plan to spent the best part of a day between the two. Tickets can now be purchased online, which is highly recommended; otherwise, expect to queue 15 minutes to one hour.