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Mosaiculture is the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands of annual bedding plants to carpet steel armature forms.[1] It is different from classical topiary.[2]

Mosaïcultures Internationales® is the name of an international competition governed by the International Mosaiculture Committee, which was formed in 2000, the first year the event was staged. Mosaïcultures Internationales® is an internationally protected name and patent.[3] In 2013 an international competition in Mosaicultures was held in Montreal, Canada.[4]

As part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017, a large exhibition of Mosaiculture was held at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec. MOSAICANADA150 featured sculptures representing Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories, and indigenous peoples.[5] In 2018, many of the sculptures will be moved to their home province to be displayed.[6][7]



Lise Cormier, head of the City of Montréal's Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department and the Botanical Garden, first got the idea to launch an international mosaiculture competition in 1998.[8]

History of exhibitsEdit

2000 – World premiere of Mosaïcultures Internationales® in MontréalEdit

Theme: The Planet is a Mosaic

Participants: 35 cities and organizations from 14 countries

Visitors: 730,000 (110 days)

2003 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2003Edit

Theme: Myths and Legends of the World

Participants: 51 cities and organizations from 32 countries

Visitors: 755,000 (110 days)

2006 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Shanghai 2006Edit

Theme: The Earth, Our Village

Participants: 55 cities and organizations from 15 countries

Visitors: Over 1,000,000 (76 days)

2009 – Mosaïcultures Internationales Hamamatsu 2009Edit

Under the honorary presidency of His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino

Theme: The Symphony of People and Nature

Participants: 97 cities and organizations from 25 countries

Visitors: 865,000 (66 days)

2013 – Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal 2013Edit

Theme: Land of Hope

Participants: 42 cities and organizations from 22 countries

Visitors: 1,020,000 (110 days)

2017 - MOSAICANADA 150Edit

Theme: Canada's History


Visitors: 1,300,000[9]


  1. ^ "Imaginary Worlds | Atlanta Botanical Garden". Mental Floss. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Is Mosaiculture topiary? | Site & Insight". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  3. ^ "Mosaïcultures Internationales". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  4. ^ "Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ "A Visit to MOSAICANADA150".
  6. ^ "Floral sculptures celebrate Canada 150 in Gatineau". Garden Making. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  7. ^ "Flowery fox to find permanent home in Charlottetown". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  8. ^ "MOSAÏCANADA 150 (English)". MOSAÏCANADA 150 (English). Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  9. ^ "Gatineau's MosaïCanada plant show gets fond farewell, 1.3M visitors later". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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