It is late spring verging on summer in Marrakech, and this is the time of year when gardens are especially vibrant. Citrus trees have already shared the fragrance of their abundant white blossoms, and the less conspicuous olive flowers have come and gone, promising a rich harvest in the autumn. Now we have an explosion of flowers in our notably zen gardens: larkspurs blooming like wildflowers across ornamental beds, native honeysuckle matching the beauty of exotic climbing bauhinia, and a new garden of ornamental shrubs adding a variety of forms and colors. A personal favourite is the ‘flor del mar’ (Caesalpinia exostemma), a native of Mexico and Central America that is quite rarely cultivated. Its abundant red and yellow flowers appear before the leaves, providing a distinctive floral display.
If you happen to be flying First or Business Class on American Airlines, check out the article “Back to the Land” in Celebrated Living magazine's spring 2013 issue. Written by Los Angeles-based freelance journalist Tanvi Chheda, it features Jnane Tamsna among the global places to go for agritourism – the growing trend of visiting farms, ranches, vegetable gardens and vineyards while travelling.
Tanvi writes of Jnane Tamsna’s green spaces, “These enchanting gardens, along with a nearby 150-acre plot of farmland, supply the hotel’s restaurant, but also serve as part playground and wonderland for children and their parents too. Depending on the season, kids might pick mandarins or dig up carrots; parents might harvest olives and then taste the olive oil pressed from them.”
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