MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Space for Life
presents Christmas Season With Flair, a joyous blend of tradition, art and rustic charm, from December 6, 2013, to January 5, 2014, at the Montréal Botanical Garden! In a sophisticated mise en scène, the Main Exhibition Greenhouse presents a tribute to the Nordic nature
of Québec, with five spectacular three-metre-high Christmas trees below
an impressive flight of six life-sized reindeer made from recycled
materials. Along a trail through all the exhibition greenhouses, surprising horticultural creations are showcased by a décor that is at
once rustic, artistic and ecological. And in keeping with this festive
period, during the first two weekends of December, twenty or so
merchants, artists and artisans show off their "green" creations for a
third year as part of the Christmas Fair.
In the greenhouses: An event full of flair!
Arriving at the Botanical Garden, visitors will see an immense, majestic
outdoor botanical sculpture covered in willow branches suggesting
magnificent antlers. In the exhibition greenhouses, unusual lamps
decorated with wreaths reveal superb plants, showing off the Botanical
Garden's priceless collection. The main attraction: the Main Exhibition
Greenhouse! On entering, oversized antlers made from plants set the
tone. Several extraordinary Christmas trees—one of red poinsettias, one
of ferns and others of shiny steel wrapped in plant garlands—draw the
eye. These surprising horticultural creations stand side-by-side with
original craft pieces and works of art.
A fabulous flight of reindeer—created by artist-teacher Pierrette
Lambert with students from elementary and high schools in Montréal and
Val d'Or—soars majestically through the greenhouse's airspace. Sure to
fascinate one and all, these superb reindeer are made from recycled
materials, are covered with bark, lichen and moss, and are reminiscent
of the plant sculptures starring in this summer's Mosaïcultures
Internationales event. Also on display in the Main Exhibition
Greenhouse are beautiful pictures weaved into large canvasses by artist
Louise Lemieux-Bérubé. Recycling artists Hubert Soucy and Stephen
Lindsay find playful new uses for objects that are typical of our
northern climate. Finally, a magnificent botanical tableau made from
staghorn ferns (Platycerium) of surprising shapes hangs from the wall—an alternative to the
traditional deer or moose antlers often found in hunting lodges.
It is in this festive environment that several choirs—the Universalis
vocal ensemble, the Conservatory Singers, the Chœur enchanté choir, the
Décibel vocal group, and the Gens du pays vocal group—will treat
visitors to renditions of the most beautiful Christmas songs from near
and far during concerts every weekend afternoon from December 7 to 22.
At the end of the greenhouse trail, sip on warm herbal tea all the way
from the Great North at the Biodiversity Centre's 1000 Days for the Planet Base Camp while learning how antlers are used as communication tools, as
naturalist Gisèle Benoit reveals in her moving documentary In the Company of Moose, screened on weekends between December 7 and 22.
A Christmas Fair with taste!
A popular event for gourmets and appreciators of objets d'art, the Christmas Fair is back this year, on the weekends of December 6 to 8 and December 13 to 15. From organic, biological and ecological products, artisan-produced
chocolate, honey and ice cider, to art, clothing and accessories
created from recycled objects, to divine orchids, the twenty or so
exhibitors at the Fair bring you a great variety of quality foods and
objects to spoil your loved ones or to offer as original and much
To make sure you don't miss any of the activities or events happening at
the Montréal Space for Life, choose one of our packages—you will have
31 days to explore each of our spaces!
Information (packages, rates, schedules): espacepourlavie.ca
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal - Jardin botanique de Montréal
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator
514-872-1453 / 514-250-3230
Claudie Camirand, Communications Assistant