Sunday, June 23, 2024

‘Popular Garden in Morocco Receives Sustainable Renovation’


A botanical garden in Marrakech, Morocco, is facing the challenges of climate change as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns shift. The caretakers of Jardin Majorelle have taken proactive measures to address these issues and reduce the garden’s environmental impact.

One of the key adaptations implemented by the garden’s caretakers is the reduction of water-intensive features. This includes decreasing the number of bamboo plants and removing flowers and roses that consume large amounts of water. Instead, the caretakers are focusing on planting drought-resistant flora to ensure sustainable water usage in the garden.

Since 2019, mulching has also become a vital practice at Jardin Majorelle. Gardeners collect branches, leaves, and other organic materials that fall from trees or are cut by the gardening team. These materials are then crushed at a composting station within the garden and used as mulch at the base of certain plants. This helps retain moisture in the soil and reduces the need for excess watering.

Alexis Sornin, the director of the Yves Saint-Laurent Museum at the Garden, emphasized the importance of these sustainability efforts. By adapting to the changing climate and implementing eco-friendly practices, Jardin Majorelle is taking steps to ensure the longevity and health of the botanical garden for years to come.

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