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Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse

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.

  • Exhibition-related items
  • Hand-blown glass items created on site in the Hot Shop
  • Children’s items
  • Seasonal home décor
  • Handcrafted jewelry
  • Bonsai, seasonal and tropical houseplants
  • Fairy Garden products
  • Gardening tools and supplies

Sales & Specials

Opening Day of
Blooms & Butterflies
Saturday, March 10
Buy one, get one free Painted Lady Butterfly Larva and hot shop glass. Also, 20% off potted spring bulbs and children’s butterfly items from Insect Lore.
Earth Day Sale Sunday, April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with 20% off early spring outdoor garden plants and select garden tools and accessories.
Jewelry Sale Sunday, April 29
Purchase something special in time for Mother’s Day. 20% to 50% off select jewelry, including pieces by Michael Michaud, Katherine Propesco and Holly Yashi.
Botanica Spring Mother's Day Patio Sale Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
Peruse Botanica’s patio and get 20% select perennials, annuals, summer bulbs, flowering tropicals and delicious vegetables for your garden. Free select seed pack with $20 purchase.

Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly

Atlantis Persian, 2017

Dale Chihuly’s iconic Persian series is steeped in history while continuously evolving in form and color. Art historian Tina Oldknow, formerly of the Corning Museum of Glass, notes, “The sources of his Persians are classical Greek, Persian, Byzantine, Islamic, Venetian, together representing an incredibly fertile palimpsest of ideas and influences.” The diverse layers and aspects of this series, combined with Chihuly’s command of color application and exploration of form, reveal the opulence and mysterious depths of these exotic and mysterious lineages.

The 2017 Atlantis Persian Studio Edition is a full expression of this series that began in 1986 and has continued with compelling vibrancy as can be seen immediately in this piece. The entire form is wrapped in brilliant shades of green and transparent blue.  These exquisite lines, called a body wrap, radiate from its epicenter before rippling and folding in upon themselves. A royal blue lip wrap applied to the composition’s outer edge articulates its gentle, undulating energy. The soft, cool bending of color and light creates a luminous quiet – a tranquil fluidity forged in glass.

Chihuly’s signature is engraved on each handblown work, which stands approximately eight inches tall. It is accompanied by a custom designed display vitrine and the Chihuly Workshop publication Chihuly Persians, with an essay by Tina Oldknow informing the series.

Rose Blush Macchia, 2017

“The unbelievable combinations of color – that was the driving force” says Chihuly about the creation of the Macchia series. In the initial stages of its conception, Chihuly found himself “waking up one day wanting to use all three hundred of the colors in the hot shop.” This seduction of color led the artist to explore properties of its usage and compatibility of the mineral pigments. Creating color charts with one color for the interior, another for the exterior, Chihuly tackled the challenge of keeping these colors pure and separate, which led to his providential experimentation with a new technique – introducing a layer of white in between, keeping the interior and exterior colors apart.

Rose Blush Macchia, a 2017 Studio Edition, illustrates the mastery of color that is the result of Chihuly’s extensive color studies. The sculpture’s vitality emerges from the brilliant, variegated spots of orange and red pigments. These pigments, stretched and transformed in the process by breath, heat, and gravity, are illuminated against shadowy bands of rose and violet hues. A radiant yellow lip wrap emphasizes the classic rippling form of the Macchia series and bridges the colloquy between the exterior color and the soft blue interior. The result is incredibly earthy yet surreal.

Chihuly’s signature is engraved on each handblown work, which measures approximately nine inches in width. It is accompanied by a custom-designed Plexiglas case for display and Chihuly Macchia, a hardcover book with DVD that provides further details about the series.

Golden Topaz Basket, 2017

In 1977, upon seeing Northwest Coast Indian baskets at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Dale Chihuly was fascinated by the effect time had on the woven vessels, how the elements softened them, making them bend and slump. By exploring the malleable qualities of glass, Chihuly successfully achieved his own interpretive vision blown and spun in both delicate and vibrant tones. “I wanted to concentrate on using the fire from the furnace as well as centrifugal force and gravity,” he said of his first representations of the Basket series. “This meant letting glass find its own form.”    

The 2017 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Golden Topaz Basket presents a true depiction of the artist’s original vision. Two honey-gold vessels constitute this intimate sculpture. Wrapping around both elements, a thin, dexterous ribbon of deep oxblood red, which occasionally strikes black in the annealing process, further defines the asymmetrical Basket forms. The smaller element nestles within the larger creating a diaphanous and weightless introspective environment.

Golden Topaz Basket, signed by Chihuly is handblown and measures approximately eight inches in height. The work is presented with a Plexiglas vitrine for display purposes and the book Chihuly Baskets, with a DVD, both of which will enhance one’s appreciation of this beautiful series.

Byzantine Blue Persian, 2017

Dale Chihuly’s Persian series originated in 1986 as a search for new forms.  Early works in the series were oddly shaped and intensely colored. Former curator Tina Oldknow notes, “The earliest Persians looked “archaeological” to Chihuly, like excavated ancient treasures. Chihuly sensed that these objects represented a formal direction in his art that was experimental, new, and exotic.” The more Chihuly continued to work within the series, the more the forms began to transform and inform themselves. The hallmark energy and motion of the sweeping arcs and arabesques of the Persians are evidence of the artist’s predilection for glass as a vehicle for color and the transmission of light.

Byzantine Blue Persian, a 2017 Studio Edition, is the first Chihuly Workshop Persian edition composed of three individual elements. The largest one, sheer pearly-blue at its center, fans and opens out to a deeper blue rim conveying its swaying spines and graceful movement. Within it rests a dazzlingly red-striped form that provides an inviting and contrasting dimension. The composition’s final element, a rich blue, expressive, and gently coiled serpentine form, reiterates the poetic suppleness of the sculpture in its entirety.

The hand-blown Byzantine Blue Persian is signed by Chihuly and measures approximately 10 inches across. The sculpture is accompanied by a custom designed Plexiglas vitrine with a black base and the 104-page publication Chihuly Persians that provides an intriguing study of this captivating series.

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.