Mosaicultures will be shown in Quebec City for the first time from June 24 to October 10, 2022.
The exhibition, titled Il était une fois… la Terre (Once Upon a Time… Earth), will be a hymn to the beauty of life on our planet, presented in an enchanting setting with a historical past that will also be highlighted.
Visitors will be able to discover works organized into 20 tableaus totaling over 6 million plants during the tour.
In their 21-year history, these exhibitions have wowed 15 million visitors from all over the world. This figure will be increased by 725,000 visitors in Québec City.
What exactly is Mosaiculture?
Mosaiculture is the horticultural art of creating massive topiary-like sculptures by carpeting steel armature forms with thousands of annual bedding plants.
The term mosaiculture, coined by the chief gardener of Lyon, France, at the end of the nineteenth century, combines the concept of a mosaic—an assembly of colors—and horticulture—the art of cultivating plants.
A five-stage exhibition in Mosaiculture Quebec City 2022
The Residence of the Lieutenant Governor
The PERGOLA was designed from the start to be a representation of the lieutenant-residence, governor’s which has since vanished.
A dozen massive butterflies pull RAINBOW bands around the BIG TURTLE at the foot of the pergola, towards the exhibition.
The polar and marine environments
It is here that we cross the Arctic and the Antarctic, where polar bears and walruses live on one side, surrounded by icebergs and pack ice… and southern whales, albatrosses, and penguins live on the other.
Then there’s the RIVER OF GREAT WATERS, which is home to whales, killer whales, dolphins, beluga whales, and puffins.
The endangered species
All of the world’s endangered species are gathered in this sector around MOTHER EARTH; they arrive from Africa, America, Asia, and Australia.
The Huron-Wendat Nation
You will pass through eight arches inspired by the traditional Huron-Wendat LONGHOUSE in this sector. Two frescoes created by Wendake artists depict the eight contemporary and past clans of this nation inside these arches.
You will be introduced to the “three sisters culture” outside these arches, where corn, climbing beans, and squash made up a very special vegetable garden!
The tour concludes with a sheepdog, horses, rabbits, sheep, and goats accompanying Elzéard Bouffier, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES.
We meet an antique plowman and a beekeeper, as well as cows, a cat and a dog, and even raccoons and bees larger than life.