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    Incredible Horticulturalists!

    Once every three years, there is an
    international competition in horticultural sculpture, called
    "mosaiculture," in a major city in the world. In 2013 it was
    Montreal. This is not topiary but rather creating sculptures out
    of living plants. The greatest horticulturalists in the world,
    from 20 different countries, submitted plans a year in advance.
    Steel armatures were then created to support the works (some 40 feet
    high); they were then wrapped in steel mesh and filled with dirt and
    moss and watering hoses. Then they ordered 3 million plants of
    different shades of green and brown and tan, and these were grown in
    greenhouses all over Quebec. In late May, these horticulturalists
    came to Montreal and planted all of their plants in the forms at the
    Montreal Botanic Gardens, and they have been standing for three months
    now. There were 50 major sculptures along a path two miles long.

    If you would like to visit a few and walk along the path, click on
    http://myvirtualgarden2.blogspot.com...xhibition.html
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    How fun! Love the animals, like the Sheep!

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    That takes such planning, hard work - and most of all patience!
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    Wow, they are amazing, and so beautiful. The butterfly, the frog, the swan... oh, all of them!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Randi



    "I don't know which weapons will be used in the third World war, but in the fourth, it will be sticks and stones" --- Albert Einstein.


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    I wonder how long they last! That's all live foliage, that must keep growing out.. getting rather shaggy-looking after a while, I should think.

    And then there's the Montreal winter now!
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    The sign at the start said the exhibition was from 22 June through 29 September.. So I wonder, did they come and take all these down then? And then do what with all those still-live plants?
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    This is totally awesome!!! I have a lot of respect and admiration for the people that not only think this up but actually make it happen. Thank you so much for sharing this, Pat. It's definitely a keeper.
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