If you have not had a chance yet to check out MosaïCanada, don’t miss it. This Canada 150 exhibit at Jacques Cartier Park offers more than 100 giant sculptures made with living plants that celebrate various aspects of our country.

It’s a fabulous way to spend part of the day, and it’s free!

MosaïCanada is the biggest horticultural event in Canada this year and was created as part of the sesquicentennial. There are 40 different arrangements featuring Aboriginal themes and marking significant events in our history. And some were created as a gift to Canada from China. In a bit of whimsy that pays tribute to the importance of rail travel in building and connecting the country, you enter the exhibit through a replica train station complete with a patient Anne of Green Gables waiting to be picked up – all of it covered in living flowers and greenery. The plants are all annuals and most are chosen for colourful, season-long foliage instead of flowers. They grow on a framework that supports pockets of soil and an irrigation system. It’s an intricate, labour-intensive and time-consuming process to create and grow the sculptures into finished pieces. A few numbers to wow you: More than three million plants and 80 different varieties have been used, some 100 gardeners tend the displays, and since the exhibit opened on June 30, more than one million people have visited.

Strolling the tour at a gentle pace will take about 1.5 to two hours. There are signboards at each exhibit to explain their meaning or guided tours are available for $10 each. (You can book them in advance to avoid lineups.)

You should note that picnics or lunches are not permitted on site, although refreshments will be sold. Bags will be checked on entry. And dogs are not allowed. 

The exhibit runs until Oct. 15 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.