MONTREAL - Making art out of colourful plants, mostly annuals, is what practitioners of mosaiculture do, and this summer they'll be doing it on a big scale at the Mosaicultures Internationales exhibition and competition in Montreal.
More than 200 horticultural artists from around the world will be presenting living sculptures at the Montreal Botanical Garden from June 22 to Sept. 29. The works, up to 17 metres high, will be arranged outdoors along a two-kilometre circuit, said Lise Cormier, founder of the event.
"The three-dimensional pieces will be very spectacular," she said.
At least a million visitors are expected, Cormier said. The last Mosaicultures Internationales, staged in 2009 in Hamamatsu, Japan, drew 865,000.
Normally held every three years, the horticulture-as-art event was twice before set in Montreal — in 2000, the inaugural year, and 2003 — and once in Shanghai, in 2006.
This year's theme, Land of Hope, aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the Earth's biodiversity, said Cormier.
"We want to illustrate the beauty and fragility of life on the planet," she said. Entries will reflect of the culture of cities where they originate.
The federal government's Canada Economic Development agency announced Monday it was giving the organizing group a $3-million grant to stage the event.
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