The Majorelle Gardens, today owned by Yves Saint Laurent, were primarily the project of French artist Jacques Majorelle (son of celebrated furniture maker Louis Majorelle), who opened them to the public in 1947. Well worth a visit in Marrakech, the collection of plants was started in the 1920s, imported from five continents in order to create an overwhelming jumble of floral exotica. Palms, cacti and bamboo all thrive in this small but enchanting place, amid attractive walkways, a lilied pool, the Museum of Moroccan Art and an attractive café. Walking through the gardens is akin to a visit to the Eden Project, with every different plant annotated for the visitor’s information, and the keen gardener can spend hours sitting in the shade admiring the prime examples of the different species. Can be packed during high season. Dogs and picnics forbidden.