It is also a highly complex form of art, requiring different sets of skills from all the participating artists: not only do they have to plan and build the framework of the sculpture and match the colors, it is also important to understand the maintenance of each plant they use.
Last year over 200 horticultural artists from all around the world present 40 living plant sculptures, created from more than 22 000 different plant species - over 3 million flowers overall!
The non-profit corporation Mosaicultures Internationales de Montreal (MIM) was created in 1998 to launch the first-ever Mosaicultures Internationales in the Parc des Eclusiers (Old Port of Montreal), in association with the city's Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department. Its mission is to promote gardening and horticulture as both an expression of new millennium values and a vital component of the urban landscape. MIM has represented Montreal at Mosaicultures Internationales Shanghai (2006) and Hamamatsu (2009), winning both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award at both events. MIM will represent Montreal at the 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo in spring 2013.