Mythical living plant sculptures take root (and wing) at San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABG) is always inspiring, but a new summer exhibit will no doubt spark imaginations like never before. Debuting on Saturday, May 6, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time makes its Texas debut with towering whimsical plant sculptures.
Created by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, this is the first time this type of exhibition has been displayed in Texas, previously only displayed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
According to the SABG website, Mosaïculture is the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands and annual bedding plants to carpet steel armature forms.
Across the garden's 38 acres, guests can view eight massive sculptures throughout the garden made from steel forms covered in soil-and-sphagnum moss and planted with thousands upon thousands of methodically groomed plants. A nearly 20-foot dragon towers over the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, an 8-foot mermaid makes a splash in the Hill Country, and Rip Van Winkle slumbers through it all under tall trees along a garden path.
An 8-foot mermaid makes a splash in the Hill Country.Courtesy San Antonio Botanical Garden
Meanwhile, over in the Rose Garden, an elegant peacock parades its 7-foot train; nearby, a 10-foot winged Pegasus takes a break from flying around the WaterSaver Garden.
This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition starts on May 6, and will feature special events such as Theatrical Walking Tour: Fairytales with a Twist. Taking place most Wednesdays through the end of August, this special tour brings actors from The Classic Theatre of San Antonio to explore the darker side of fairytales and lore with sculptures in the Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time exhibition. The experience includes a stop at Jardín, the Garden restaurant, where participants will grab a signature drink and depart on a Garden adventure!
Visit sabot.org for more information and ticket prices.