Montreal, an easy one-hour flight from Logan, is great vacation destination anytime, but two special exhibitions, Mosaicultures at the Botanical Garden and Dale Chilhuly at the Fine Arts Museum, make it worthwhile to plan a visit this summer or early autumn.
Mosaicultures is a must for garden fans. The international competition, held every three years, has returned to Montreal after a 10 year absence. On view are more than 40 two-and three-dimensional plant sculptures created by more than 250 horticulturalists representing 30 countries.
These larger-than-life-sized living sculptures accent a roughly 1.3-mile circuit through the Botanical Garden, which is a treasure in itself. Visitors can tour on their own or with volunteer guides.
Mosaicultures continues through Sept. 29. Tickets for the Botanical Garden, including Mosaicultures, are $30; to avoid lines, purchase online.
"Chihuly: Utterly Breathtaking," at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, exhibits eight spectacular site-specific, nature-inspired installations by the master of contemporary glass blowing.
Chihuly uses with vivid colors and organic shapes to create luminous, spell-binding creations that defy conventional conceptions of glass work. Visitors can walk around many of the installations, allowing them to see the intricacies of the works.
The Chihuly exhibition is on view through Oct. 20. Tickets are $11-$18.