Crayonized as a Garden

by Patricia-Ann Que | 2017-08-15

Crayonized was coined due to my love of colors and if Crayonized is a garden, it will be MOSAÏCANADA 150.

MOSAÏCANADA 150 is yet again another one of a kind event sponsored by the City of Ottawa as part of celebrating Canada 150. Why is it one of a kind? Check this out:


Isn't that impressive? The entire structure is made out of various plants carefully positioned and trimmed to create this work of art. Can you imagine the planning and logistics behind it?  It is a horticultural technique that combines the following different art forms according to their official website:

  • Sculpture for the structure
  • Paint for the palette of colors, and
  • Horticulture as the means of creating living and changing artworks with plants

There are 40 horticultural arrangements exhibited reflecting 150 years of history, values, culture and arts of Canada.  Who made this happened?  Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal. Founded by Lise Cormier, a landscape architect, her team together with local volunteers have worked in forming the biodegradable frames that keep the arrangements together and the continues care of watering and cutting to maintain its dramatic form.

Here are more arrangements:


And some of the volunteers in action:



When I went, it was a little crowded so we decided to walk in the opposite direction, so instead of starting from the entrance, we actually went backwards starting from the exit. But for this article, this is the actual sequence of the exhibit:

A Ticket for Canada - you will see here an actual size train made of flowers

A Ride across Canada - a kaleidoscope of Canadian culture and wildlife


A Trip to China - The cities of Shanghai and Beijing, whose expertise in Mosaiculture is world-renowned, wanted to join the 150th anniversary celebrations of Confederation to show their friendship with Canada

A Journey through Time - souvenirs drawn from various fields, whether communications, sports, music or even war, light up along this path



A Journey into the Imagination of the First Nations -  half-animal, half-human beings inhabit these legends and lead us into an imaginary world.


As for someone like me who finds enjoyment in colors, this is an inspiration hub! It is like a living palette of colors that is not only festive for my eyes but it also brightened my wardrobe! The play of colors is just everywhere that I found myself taking down notes of various color combinations that I can use for a new look! And of course, I also dressed for the part wearing a vivid orange asymmetrical top matched with orange accessories, glasses, earrings, raffia bag and espadrilles. But of course, I do not want to look like a giant walking orange so I broke the color by wearing a printed short that matched by necklace!




Just like most outdoor exhibit, MOSAÏCANADA 150 will only carry on till October 15. Hence, if you are in town this is a must see. Here's there site:

Happy Styling


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