Today Laura Snyder is taking us on a trip to a truly special garden display.
I saw this display back in 2017, but I felt it was too spectacular not to share with your readers. I took these images on a visit with two of the members of my local garden group. You will see from my photos that a number of historical and cultural figures and scenes are represented: Anne of Green Gables, hockey night in Canada, a Mountie, fur trappers, Inuit and North American Indians, etc. This was a stunning collection made almost entirely of plants.
The display was called MOSAÏCANADA and appeared in Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. Artists combined sculpture and horticulture to create these living works of art. The plantings are all annuals, chosen for the foliage color, not flowers, to make a long-lasting display. These types of plantings developed in France in the late 1800s and were popular in Victorian times, but they since have fallen out of favor. What a treat to see this intense and labor-intensive art form on display in a public garden today!
Anne of Green Gables, made of plants.
A Canadian Mountie. The scale of these creations is astonishing—more than life-size, as the people in this photo make clear.
How adorable are these foxes?
A fisherman riding on waves of flowers gets watered by an attentive gardener. The sculptures have internal irrigation systems but clearly require a lot of care and attention to keep them looking perfect.
These shaggy buffalo may be my very favorite! I want one for my garden.
This is Canada, so of course there had to be a hockey-themed planting.
And finally, a moving image of the beauty and richness gifted to us all by Mother Nature.
These creations are so exciting and cool. Is anyone tempted to try and make something similar in their own home garden? It might be fun to try, but I’m sure much harder than it even looks.
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