Savannah. Charleston. New Orleans. San Antonio. These colonial-era cities inspire the courtyard garden ideal: green and lush, with beautiful plants, pools and fountains, paved with stone, tiles or bricks, & protected by sheltering walls with gates that reveal a table and chairs for cocktails or an al fresco meal...

Friday, June 18, 2010

More Moroccan Courtyards

A view of a courtyard in the famous Jardin Majorelle of Marrakesh, designed and built by the french artist Jacques Majorelle, then later restored to splendor by Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Photo found here. It all looks appealing but I particularly like the palms planted in the upright urns, instantly providing increased height.

Could a swimming pool look more inviting to a guest hot and tired from shopping in the bazaar? This can be found within the hotel Riad Herougui in Marrakesh, reserve here. There are few plants other than the palms reaching toward the fleeting sunlight, but the azure tiles more than make up for it.

The Hotel Riad Monika, also in Marrakesh, has a pool with an interesting outline, and columns which extend into the pool itself. Tall palms must be able to safely exist in small containers when totally protected from the wind.

There are vines hanging down Tower-of-Babel fashion, providing the assurance that nature is still in charge.

There is no doubt that the standing candelabrum is magnificent when lit, and such an idea could easily be incorporated into any style of courtyard. This would especially be useful in an area where lighting is needed but no electrical source is available or convenient.

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