Posted by Carol Stocker...To see incredible photos of the International Mosaiculture Exhibition held in Montreal last year, visit http://myvirtualgarden2.blogspot.com/2013/09/mosaiculture-exhibition.html
Even if you’re not into gardening yourself, the plant sculptures in the international Montreal Mosaiculture Exhibition will blow your mind. As defined in the official website of the event, mosaiculture “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).” It is also a highly complex form of art, requiring different sets of skills from all the participating artists: not only do they have to plan and build the framework of the sculpture and match the colors, it is also important to understand the maintenance of each plant they use.
The Mosaïcultures Internationale competition was founded back in 2000 by Lise Cormier after her visit to China: this is where Lisa saw an enchanting 40-feet-high sculpture of 3 doves and was instantly inspired to bring the idea back home.
Considered the world’s most prestigious competition of horticultural art, the 2013 edition of Mosaiculture was displayed last summer at the Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec, Canada. More than three million flowers were raised in greenhouses throughout Quebec, and then shipped to the gardens in May, where designers wrapped them in steel meshes to create living works of art. The sculptures are created using steel or aluminum forms that are wrapped in metal mesh, filled with earth and planted with flowers, ivies and grasses whose foliage provides texture and color. Interior watering systems and growing medium were added so that the flowers could last all through the summer till the end of the exhibition on September 29.
Some 50 works graced the 2.2 km circuit through the enchanting grounds of the Botanical Garden. The theme was “Land of Hope". About 200 horticultural artists represented 20 countries from Turkey to Uganda, with China and Japan heavily represented.
I will be on line to answer your gardening questions at Boston.com Thursday, Feb. 27 1-2 p.m.