Wow, just wow. I had heard from several people that I really ought to visit Mosaïculture (a.k.a. freakin’ awesome–in the actual sense of the word–plant sculptures) at the Botanic Gardens. And one by one, my friends were peppering their Facebook feeds with photos from the exhibition. I had decided a month or two back that it was something I would like to make time for. And then some of my students told me it was an absolute must-see. They also suggested we wait to go with my parents, because they knew it was something everyone would enjoy. After that conversation, it was settled. (Proof that you need not be fluent in a language to be convincing while speaking it).
I checked the schedule on the website. Mosaïculture overlapped with the Jardin en Lumière (Garden of Lights) by two weeks. And then we realized that my parents’ visit would fall into these two weeks. After convincing Jordan that this was something I needed to see, I checked with my parents to see if they’d be interested. As luck would have it, everyone was in….and I didn’t even have to twist any arms too hard.
In true parent fashion, my ‘rents ended up paying for our way in. Bless them. I think this was one of their favorite outings while visiting us in Montreal, but it’s also been one of my highlights during the last 14 months. As I said, I had seen a few glimpses of Mosaïculture, and Jordan and I went to the Botanic Gardens last year for the lanterns, but I was nonetheless blown away. Truthfully, I felt like a child, wandering from magical construction to magical construction. At four different points, I figured that I must be looking at the prize jewel of the exhibition, only to see it outdone by another plant sculpture. I think I began to understand just a tiny bit about what Alice might have felt in Wonderland.
As for the lanterns, I again enjoyed them, but it was simply too crowded. We had to slowly mosey along, stopping when the crowd stopped, moving when the crowd moved. It was still pretty, still interesting, and good for
eavesdropping practicing my French comprehension in a crowd. I think that last year, the lanterns seemed really impressive to me, but after walking around the grounds and taking in the sculptures, it was hard to impress.
Have a scroll through the photos and be sure to let me know which one is your favorite!
Hey, that’s us!
Hey, those are my parents! With sheep, hehe.
Still making that same awkward camera face…
I heard people exclaiming, “Il y en a des vrais aussi !”
And the showstopper:
And then night fell. Well, first we drank some mediocre coffee and hot chocolate in the garden cafe. Then night fell.
And finally, in the Japanese gardens, an impressionism garden. Oh, wait, no, I was just to lazy to pull out a tripod and decided this was good enough.
Thanks, friends and students, for the suggestion. Thanks, parents, for the outing. Thanks, readers, for the coup d’oeil.