Imaginary Worlds:
Ogre and Friends

The blockbuster exhibition starts a new chapter in Gainesville, where new and beloved living plant sculptures are sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey May 11 - Oct. 27, 2019.

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About the exhibition

In the Gainesville Garden for the very first time, Imaginary Worlds: Ogre and Friends expands on the magic of the first 2013-14 seasons at the Atlanta Garden with larger-than-life, topiary-like sculptures. These living works – wow visitors with a storybook-themed world of sculptures – most custom made for the Garden by the exhibition’s creators, International Mosaiculture of Montreal®. The sculptures – steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants – will be staged in six installations in Gainesville. 

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The Planting Process

The process for creating mosaiculture sculptures takes nearly half a year. It began last fall when conceptual drawings for the pieces were developed in Montreal, metal frames were fabricated, and plant palettes were chosen. The empty frames were shipped to Atlanta in January, and the Garden’s horticulturists began covering them with a mesh fabric and stuffing them with soil. Then the planting commenced – inserting more than 200,000 plants, primarily annuals, one by one. Because Georgia’s winters are too cold for the annuals to survive, the sculptures were built in sections that were planted inside a greenhouse just outside the city, then trucked to the Garden in spring for assembling on site. Intricate irrigation systems beneath the surface of the sculptures allow the plants to grow – and the creatures to flourish – in Gainesville’s summer heat.

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Members see it free!

Garden members enjoy unlimited daytime entry for a full calendar year at the Atlanta and Gainesville Gardens. That includes open access during regular hours to Imaginary Worlds, and special invitations to exhibition premieres and members-only nights.

 

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