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Jardin Botanique (Montreal Botanical Gardens)

Living Sculptures Enchant and Entertain in the "Land of Hope"
Over 200 talented artisans specializing in creating living sculptures made from plants and plant material are competing in the Mosaicultures International Competition 2013 which takes place in a different city every three years.

This year's theme is "Land of Hope". The exhibits are spread out on a 2.2 kilometer circuit through the 165-acre Botanical Garden (a beauty in its own right).

On view now until September 29th, there are 48 creations ranging from a whimsical chameleon (Yemen) and humorous Orangutans swinging from a tree (Malaysia) to monumental tableaus like "Mother Earth" complete with a waterfall, larger than life horses at full gallop, and the serene face of Mother Earth herself (Canada: Montreal).

My husband thought I was taking him to see a "bunch of topiary". How wrong he was. He was so impressed by the breathtaking beauty, creativity, and message of the exhibit that we took visiting friends to see it just two days after our visit.

Check the website for information regarding different cultural days planned by different countries throughout the competition. There is also a daily talk at 1 p.m (in French) and 2:30 p.m. (in English) explaining how mosaiculture is done.

There is plenty of shade along the way and benches to rest. But for good light for photography get there early or late in the day. Because you'll want to take pictures. Otherwise, no one will believe you as to just how spectacular it was.

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4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
+1 514-872-1400
Tue - Sun 9am - 5pm