Today's photos are from Maria Fleming (Quiltingmamma). She says, "This weekend I visited the Montreal Botanical Garden for the first time. Though I haven't managed to weed through all 400 photos, I did separate out the special ones. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 closes September 29, so for some there might be time to pay a visit. This international plant art display is held every three years and features numerous countries from most continents. Some enter numerous displays, while others only one. They are displayed throughout the gardens section of the Botanical Gardens with thoughtful explanations of the inspiration as well as the final sketch. This year's theme was Land Of Hope. There were some stunning large installations and thoughtful and humorous small ones. They are on display for 4 months, and given that I visited near the end, it is amazing how well they have stood up. I can't imagine the number of people it takes to maintain them as they get clipped even, plants replenished, watered, and (I can assume) fertilized. Starting last week for several weeks, there is the Gardens of Light which are lit fabric structures displayed in the Chinese Garden and lights and music are played throughout the Japanese Garden. So it is a triple header as your tickets are also good for a second day's visit allowing you to view the permanent gardens collection." OK, that first photo blew me away before I even saw all the rest. They're all pectacular! I can't imagine what it takes to create and maintain these works of art. Amazing!

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