Gardens

MAJORELLE GARDEN

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colors, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains. We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.

LE JARDIN SECRET

Jardin Secret is opening its doors to the public for the first time in its history. The origins of the complex date back to the Saadian Dynasty, more than four hundred years ago.
Rebuilt in the mid-Nineteenth century at the behest of an influential Caid of the Atlas Mountains, Le Jardin Secret has been the home of some of Morocco and Marrakech’s most important political figures.

Today you are able to fully appreciate it, thanks to the recent renovation; Le Jardin Secret is part of the great tradition of stately Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan palaces. As a result, visitors can discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

Today the green spaces of Le Jardin Secret are divided into an exotic garden and an Islamic garden. The exotic garden is filled with plants coming from all over the world, recalling the experimental aspect of the great gardens of Marrakech. In Le Jardin Secret, the Islamic garden was instead restored following the likely eighteenth century layout. Closely linked to the riad structures, this type of garden was an oasis of peace, where you could allow yourself to indulge in your idleness and contemplation thanks to the shade of the trees and the intimacy of the enclosed space.

ANIMA GARDEN

Originally from Vienna, André Heller is considered one of the most influential multimedia artists in the world. The man is a touch-all. Songs, literary writings, fire spectacles, flying sculptures, amusement park, etc. Are all works realized by the one whom one classifies among the Austrians of the century. His achievements are also reflected in spectacular and unique landscapes. He transformed the botanical garden of Lake Garda in Italy into a center of ecological consciousness with 2,000 copies of plants from all continents

Heller and Morocco, a long love story

Heller chose to carry out his latest work in Morocco, where he settled in 2006. Two years later, he bought an 8-hectare barren land at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and began construction of buildings there. In 2008, he launched, with his ally and co-creator Gregory Weiss, the design and realization of the Anima garden. Weiss is also Honorary Consul of Austria in Marrakesh.

Through Anima, which means in Greek "soul", the Austrian artist wants to thank Morocco, and more precisely the city of Marrakech for what she has offered him more precious and unforgettable. He also, and above all, wanted to create a place of peace, sweetness, which opposes the frightening and irresponsible madness of the present world.