The Majorelle Gardens were built a French artist named Jacques Majorelle, who arrived in Morroco in 1917 to rest after a period of extreme bad health. After traveling extensively around North Africa and the Mediterranean he decided to return and settle in Marrakesh, marrying and building a Moroccan-style house. Several years later he decided to extend the property, buying more land and commissioning Paul Sinoir to build a Cubist villa. He then spent the next 40 years developing the Jardins Majorelle, which include tiled paths, beautiful water features, and a large collection of cacti, other desert plants, palm trees, and bamboo. The upkeep of the garden proved difficult, especially after Majorelle’s divorce in the 1950s left him in financial difficulties. He was forced to sell the house and gardens, and over the next 30 years, they were neglected. By the time the gardens were rediscovered by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, the house and gardens were in need of extensive restoration. The Majorelle Gardens are also notable for the use of Majorelle Blue, a color developed by Majorelle after he was inspired by the bright decorative tiles used throughout Morocco. The intense color is the ideal backdrop for pictures and is particularly popular with Instagrammers.