Sculpture in Real Life

 By Rita Lynn

Back in the 16th century, wealthy European landowners had their groundskeepers create three-dimensional gardens from plants and flowers.  Now called “mosaiculture,” this type of living sculpture uses mostly annuals and flowers, and sometimes perennials, in the process of creating two- or three-dimensional works of art.  Use of the multiple individual plants distinguishes mosiaculture from topiary, in which a single plant – usually a shrub – is pruned to a specific shape.

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