Imaginary Worlds

Ogre and Friends


Imaginary Worlds returns this spring to the Gainesville Garden with a collection of all new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey. These living sculptures will include a friendly Ogre, Pandas, and a trio of Frogs.

May 5 - October 28

Imaginary Worlds, 2018. Frog on display at Gainesville Garden. Imaginary Worlds, 2013. Tree Frog being planted at the greenhouse, with Ogre in background. Imaginary Worlds, 2014. Ogre before planting, and on display. Imaginary Worlds, 2014. Ogre on display. Imaginary Worlds, 2018. Panda before planting, and on display at the Gainesville Garden. One of several greenhouses full of foilage ready to be planted for Imaginary Worlds, 2018. Imaginary Worlds, 2018. Pandas on display at Gainesville Garden.

About The Exhibition

Back by popular demand, the exhibition, presented May 5 – October 28, recaptures the magic of the original blockbuster show from 2013 and 2014 with larger-than-life, topiary-like whimsical sculptures – only this time they’re even bigger. And most of them have never been seen before.

Imaginary Worlds will wow visitors with a storybook-themed world of sculptures, both indoors and out – most custom made for the Garden by the exhibition’s creators, International Mosaiculture of Montreal®. This time, the sculptures – steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants – will be staged in several installations.

New Sculpture in the Gardens

At the Gainesville garden, the landscape will be adorned with a variety of characters. Everyone's favorite Ogre will be returning, along with several all new never-before-seen friends like Pandas and frolicking Frogs.

The Mosaiculture Process

The process for creating the 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 Atlanta’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 the summer heat.

The Story Continues in Atlanta

The legendary mosaiculture adventure continues in Atlanta. Nine all-new mosaiculture installations, including a giant Phoenix, Dragon, and Mammoth - will be joining the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' permament sculptures, Shaggy Dog and Earth Goddess this spring.

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