Following recommendations from federal and state officials for the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of concern for our employees and guests, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will continue its closure through May 31. Refunds for ticket, class, experience and program purchases will be honored. Contact the Conservatory for details.
If you'd like to help the Conservatory through this unprecedented challenge, please visit the Philanthropy page.
Bring the magic home and celebrate the season no matter the time of year. Purchase nature-themed decorations for the home, as well as unique plants, pottery, terrariums, stationery, jewelry and children’s toys and books.
Hand-blown glass items created on site in the Hot Shop
Seasonal home décor
Bonsai, seasonal and tropical houseplants
Fairy Garden products
Gardening tools and supplies
*Viewing/Purchasing Chihuly Glass Studio Editions and Limited Edition Prints are also available Mondays-Wednesdays to those requesting an appointment. Please inquire at Botanica or call 614.715.8010.
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Chihuly: Celebrating Nature Gift StorePurchase Chihuly Studio Edition Glass, Fine Art Prints, books, apparel, and more at the Chihuly Gift Store.
The Chihuly Gift store has the same hours as Botanica. Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.
Opening Day of Blooms & Butterflies Sat., Mar. 14Bring the magic of Blooms & Butterflies hm
Buy one Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae, get one free
20% off potted spring bulbs
20% off Children’s Butterfly Life Cycle Kits, Habitats, Feeders and Educational Items from Insectlore
Earth Day Weds., April 22 Botanica helps celebrate Earth Day with special offers!
20% off early spring outdoor garden plants, including perennials and annuals and bulbs
20% off select garden tools and accessories
Jewelry Sale Sun., April 26A great opportunity to purchase something special for Mother’s Day. Includes pieces by Michael Michaud, Katherine Propesco and Holly Yashi.
Select jewelry 20% to 50% off
All costume jewelry 20% off
Mother's Day Sat., May 9 - Sun., May 10Botanica’s patio is brimming with beautiful perennials, annuals, summer bulbs, flowering tropicals and delicious vegetables for your garden. Come and browse our great selection of plants and seeds for the garden and deck or patio.
Select plants 20% off
Free select seed pack with $25.00 purchase
“With this series [Baskets], Chihuly liberated his glassblowing process from the restrictions of symmetry, allowing the glass to respond naturally to gravity.” – Vera White, writer
Dale Chihuly has long appreciated the artistry of textiles created by indigenous peoples, particularly the slumped form of woven fiber basketry affected by time and exposure to natural elements. To create characteristics in glass similar to these time-worn baskets, Chihuly relies on the organic energies of heat and gravity alone. He utilizes this fundamental approach – a dialogue with “process” rather than final form – throughout much of his work.
Hyacinth Basket, a 2020 Studio Edition, exemplifies the delicate form and fluidity found in Chihuly’s Basket series. The Basket is composed of two pieces, its opaque cobalt blue interior element finding its resting place within a larger form that transitions from deep cobalt to an ethereal transparency. An indigo lip wrap extends and arcs around the surface of each element, further emphasizing its multidimensional composition.
Hyacinth Basket is an edition of 200. Chihuly’s signature is engraved on this handblown work, which stands approximately four inches tall and seven and a half inches wide. It is accompanied by a 10 x 10″ acrylic vitrine with a black base for display and a copy of the book Chihuly: On Color and Form.
Monarch Seaform, 2020
“Chihuly devises a technical means to replicate not a visual source itself but its gestural equivalent in glass.” – LindaNorden, Dale Chihuly: Glass
As Dale Chihuly continued to explore the Basket series, he increasingly gained more control over the glass and its response to breath, heat, gravity, and gestural manipulation. Over time, he experimented with the use of an optical mold to introduce a textural ribbed effect that also strengthened the glass form. These undulating, organic forms conjured abstract sea life; thus Chihuly’s Seaform series was born.
The two-piece 2020 Monarch Seaform Studio Edition illustrates the wavelike motion of the series’ quixotically abstract forms. Each golden-orange element is grazed by a lapis-blue lip wrap and shows one of two variations of a sienna-colored body wrap. The larger, exterior element presents Chihuly’s traditional wrap while the interior form reveals a distinctly staccato wrap. Together, the elements narrate an asymmetrical yet eloquent balance.
Monarch Seaform is an edition of 200. Chihuly’s signature is engraved on this handblown work, which stands approximately seven inches tall and eleven inches wide. It is accompanied by a 12 x 12″ acrylic vitrine with a black base for display and a copy of the book Chihuly: On Color and Form.
Spring Green Persian, 2020
“Their energy expands and explodes the fundamental spherical or cylindrical shapes of blown glass into eccentric and unforeseen new forms.” – Barbara Rose, art historian and critic
While conceptualizing the Basket, Seaform, and Macchia series, Dale Chihuly explored new ways to create thinner, stronger compositions. He discovered that optic molds used during the early stages of the glassblowing process resulted in “ribs” that provide the structural support necessary to manipulate the glass, allowing the twisted and arced characteristics that distinguish Chihuly’s agile Persian series. Debuted in the mid-1980s, this series ignites the imagination with its seductive, fragile appearance.
A 2020 Studio Edition, Spring Green Persian is a two-piece composition that expresses the wild asymmetry of this exotic series. Concentric bands of opaque apple green envelop the fan-shaped amber-green element with a hypnotic rhythm. An extraordinary form rests within its folds, unfurling in hues of rose-gold and pale green. Skimming the edge of each element, a dark green lip wrap emphasizes the dynamic forms.
Spring Green Persian is an edition of 225. Chihuly’s signature is engraved on this handblown work, which stands approximately eight inches tall and eleven and a half inches wide. It is accompanied by a 12 x 12″ acrylic vitrine with a black base for display and a copy of the book Chihuly: On Color and Form.
Medici Macchia, 2020
“Chihuly draws on the inherent power of glass to condition light so as to envelop the forms and the space they enclose with an atmosphere that transforms the object from static representation into an evocative intimation of some phenomenon sensed in nature or daily life.” – Linda Norden, Dale Chihuly: Glass
A bold series devoted to unconventional color combinations, the Macchia have allowed Dale Chihuly to explore and apply an ever-broadening color palette, using these intense hues to manipulate and refract light. “You see color as you’ve never seen it before, as if color itself were floating in the air. It is an elevating experience,” Henry Geldzahler, a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has said.
The 2020 Medici Macchia Studio Edition articulates Chihuly’s command of color and its dramatic interplay with transparency and light. Flushed in crimson, the composition has a momentum that is accelerated by red-hued pigment dusted between clouds of color, while speckles of chartreuse and saffron contribute contrast. A vivid golden yellow lip wrap pulses with the fluid movement of the sculpture.
Medici Macchia is an edition of 225. Chihuly’s signature is engraved on this handblown work, which stands approximately nine and a half inches tall and ten and a half inches wide. It is accompanied by a 12 x 12″ acrylic vitrine with a black base for display and a copy of the book Chihuly: On Color and Form.
Botanica reflects the Conservatory’s mission to provide visitors with an exceptional botanical experience, educational opportunities, and an appreciation of art and nature. Purchases made at Botanica help support the Conservatory’s horticulture and educational programs.