Botanical Magic

Of all the activities life has to offer, one of my most favorite is traveling. Not the actual getting to and from (which can be sheer hell sometimes), but rather the collection of experiences you acquire when visiting some place new. The older I get the worse my memory becomes, but I notice that traveling to new and exotic locales burns new images firmly into my mental hard drive. This process adds a piece of youth back into my life. It shakes up the status quo, and as Trent Reznor once said, “There’s nothing quite like the feel of something new.”

I had the absolute delight of traveling to Québec and New England last week, and since I do lots of research of my destinations, I was able to catch the very end of the Mosaïcultures Internationales (a horticultural exhibit at the Botanical Gardens in Montréal, Québec). I was treated to a walk into a dream world full of dazzling sights: amphibians made of colorful succulents, horses sculpted from grasses, and Celtic gods come to life in flower beds and lily ponds.

I had really never seen anything like this before in my life. The creativity and vision required to compose each exhibit was truly inspiring.