Back in the summer of 2013, my wife and I were fortunate enough to visit the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal at Montreal’s Botanical Garden. The purpose of this event was to promote the art of gardening and horticulture as an expression of the values of the new millennium and as a component of the urban landscape.
It’s quite an arduous task to describe in words the sheer magnitude of creative talent and attention to detail showcased in these horticultural masterpieces. The showcase featured over 50 creations from over 20 different countries. My knowledge of Mosaiculture as an art form was slim to none prior to our trip, but I left humbled and with a great level of respect for the horticultural artists and support teams required to maintain these creations in their intended forms for our viewing pleasure.
Mosaiculture is a horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colorful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials). “The ornamental art draws on numerous practices: on sculpture for its structure and volume, on painting for its palette, and on horticulture in its use of plants in a living, constantly changing environment.” (Credit: http://twistedsifter.com/2013/07/plant-sculptures-mosaiculture-international-montreal/)
The results of Mosaicultures Internationales de Montreal 2013 was quite impactful to the economy exceeding projections by generating over $1,000,000 to the City of Montreal. I would strongly encourage you to research the next installation and prepare yourself for an enchanting, jaw-dropping display of horticultural excellence.
Please check out the photos below for a visual recap.