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Giant plant sculptures take shape at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Landscapers and gardeners at the Atlanta Botanical Garden are putting the final touches on an exhibition of gigantic plant sculptures, the first ever shown in the United States.

CBS Atlanta News got a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition Tuesday on Better Mornings Atlanta at 9 a.m.

Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger than Life opens to the public Saturday, May 4. The showcase of 19 plant sculptures is the creation of International Mosaiculture of Montreal, a nonprofit organization that specializes in the centuries-old horticultural art of mosaiculture.

"This is an exhibit that makes me feel like a little kid again because it is so awesome," said Mary Pat Matheson, president of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The sculptures include a giant unicorn, an ogre, cobras, butterflies, bunnies and the showstopper: Earth Goddess, a 25 feet tall plant sculpture of a woman whose hand extends over a huge water feature.

Each piece is a living sculpture. Their steel frames are covered with a special fabric that contains planting pockets for plugging in thousands of tiny plants, according to its designers. The plants are meticulously groomed to maintain the piece's form.

"It is just a phenomenal exhibit," said Matheson. "And it's the first time it's ever been in the United States. So we're proud to be bringing something this wonderful and really world-class to our city."

The exhibition will run through October.

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