You would be hard pressed to find a more interesting and beautiful display than what is featured at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. For the first time in the United States you can see a magical exhibition of giant living sculptures by International Mosaiculture of Montreal. These highly creative garden creatures each weighing 2,500 pounds or more arrived on four tractor trailer trucks, each covered with thousands of colorful annuals, and assembled to form an exquisite horticultural masterpiece. The exhibition opened May 4th and showcases 19 gigantic plant sculptures. Each piece is a living sculpture, an evolution of the stuffed topiary technique, yet is not topiary at all; instead their steel armatures are covered with a special fabric that contains planting pockets for plugging in thousands of tiny plants that are meticulously groomed to maintain the piece's form. Imaginary Worlds the titled exhibit at the gardens, features a pair of gaint cobras, a grazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, flighty butterflies and much more including Earth Goddess, which at 25 feet tall towers over the Cascade Garden. My personal favorite was the dog sculpture pictured here. he was so life-like I expected him to bark in greeting at any minute.
Mosaiculture first became popular in Europe in the 16th century as wealthy landowners commissioned elaborate three-dimensional gardens, or "embroidery beds" for enjoying up close or from a distance. By the late 1860s, the term "mosaiculture" was used for the first time in France.
This exhibition will be at the Atlanta Bontanical Gardens through September and trust me it is not to be missed. The address of the Gardens is 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Do yourself a favor and go see it soon. It will get your creative juices flowing for what you can accomplish in your own garden or just because it is too much fun. Take the kids because they will love it as well. Trust me, this is well worth the trip to Atlanta.