Just a couple of minutes by car from the market in Ourika, the Jardin Bio-aromatique de Ourika is a wonderful 1-hectare gardent that raises some 50 different species of herbs and aromatics for use as essential oils, made into soaps, sprays, candles, perfumes, etc. We spent about 20 minutes in the garden, opting to just wander by ourselves rather than getting a guided tour. With the atlas mountains in the background, this organized organic farm was a nice pitstop…
They had some of the healthiest rosemary plants I have EVER seen, so robust, green, sturdy and aromatic! Hedge upon hedge of rosemary guided you around the various herb plots in the gardens. Fruit trees such as pomegranates, figs, olives, etc. also dotted the gardens.
Gourds were being dried and are apparently used by local medicine men…
A few unripe olives.
The Teen taking some photos of the roses in full bloom.
And a close-up of some roses. The garden also has a small factory facility where they extract the oils and make various products, many of which end up in top hotels in Marrakech. Amanjena uses some of their products and we were able to purchase some argan oil, eau de fleurs d’orange (a pleasant smelling orange flower water), soaps, etc. from their small shop within the garden premises.
Note: some photos here taken by Mrs. MM.