Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Moroccan garden tour to Marrakech and Taroudant: reader offer

Join Kirsty Fergusson, with special guest host, award-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith, to explore the wonders of Morocco’s contemporary gardens

This special Moroccan garden tour offers a unique selection of 21st-century, mostly private gardens, designed by some of our best-known designers.

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Tom Stuart-Smith will join the group for two days to guide you through his own creation, Le Jardin Secret in the heart of Marrakech, while in the city of Taroudant on the southern edge of the Atlas mountains, we visit a series of remarkable gardens designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, two French globetrotting botanists, plant hunters and renowned garden designers.

A further highlight will be a day of all things Yves Saint Laurent, including a visit to the new YSL museum, a tour of Jardin Majorelle, and a private view of the garden of the adjacent Villa Oasis, where Yves Saint Laurent lived during his time in Morocco. In a picture-book setting with views of the High Atlas Mountains, wonderful climate and cuisine, and great shopping, visitors will discover two warm and friendly cities steeped in history. We stay at two remarkable, small hotels: guest house Jnane Tamsna, surrounded by its own botanically rich and fascinating garden in an oasis setting, and Dar al Hossoun in the ancient city of Taroudant, an eco-friendly riad surrounding courtyards planted with many fascinating plant species.

Tour leader Kirsty Fergusson exchanged a career in academia as a specialist in French philosopher-novelists for a life in gardening. She trained at Capel Manor and was head gardener at Mapperton in Dorset during the early 1990s. She now lives in France, writing regularly about gardens for various publications and leading tours.

Le Jardin Secret
Le Jardin Secret
© Claire Takacs

When:  28 March – 2 April 2020

Booking details: Price per person, based on two people sharing, is £3,898 (single supplement of £350 levied by hotels)

The price includes: Bed-and-breakfast accommodation at Jnane Tamsna and Dar al Hossoun; five evening meals with wine plus five lunches; return flights from London Heathrow; and all transportation and visits in Morocco. The price does not include extras at the hotels or travel insurance.

For more information or to book please contact Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2NT, UK.
Telephone +44 (0)1341 241717 Email mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk; boxwoodtours.co.uk

This tour has been arranged exclusively for readers of Gardens Illustrated by Boxwood Tours, Quality Garden Holidays, a specialist garden tour company set up in 1990.

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This tour is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate