The grounds of Jnane Tamsna are a natural paradise of aromatic herb gardens, olive groves, lemon trees, date palms, vegetable gardens and ornamental flower beds. The landscape architecture is inspired by North African agricultural and horticultural traditions.
Within the houses, there are 'ryads' or interior patio gardens that are reservoirs of fresh air and drifting natural scents. Pools – appearing like basins – are surrounded by 'bustans' of aromatic plants and fragrant white flowers. Jnane Tamsna's organic fruits and vegetables come from the 'arsat' orchard gardens that combine a date palm canopy, a grove of fruit trees and alternating patches of forage and food plants.
Covering nearly nine hectares, the gardens are completely organic with traditional groundwater flow and more contemporary drip irrigation. The cultivated spaces are accessed by pathways and terraces festooned with gardenia, jasmine and white bougainvillea.
‘‘There is no hotel garden like it in Marrakech: it has the feeling of farmland dotted with swimming pools.’’
House & Garden May 2008.