If you missed it last summer – and even if you didn’t – Mosaïculture is back!

The beautiful combination of sculpture and horticulture returns to Jacques Cartier Park this summer and it’s bigger than ever.

Last year’s inaugural exhibit, presented by the non-profit Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, was an elaborate display of 33 installations to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Headlined by Mother Earth and with a definite Canadiana theme, it attracted 1.3 million visitors over the summer.

This year, organizers are predicting far fewer visits – pegging it at a more modest 500,000 – but the garden dreamscape will feature more installations and upwards of 2.5 million more plants.

Mother Earth returns, but this time she shares centre stage with an equally impressive Tree of Birds, which features 56 endangered avian species from around the world. Also new this year will be a live telling of the short story The Man Who Planted Trees.

There’s also an admission charge this year: $20 for people 12 and older, or $15 for Gatineau residents. Reduced rates are available to seniors, students, youth and families.

The exhibit is scheduled to open June 22 and will run daily from 10 a.m. to dusk until Oct. 15. Check the website for further details.