The Missouri Botanical Garden summer exhibit, Garden of Glass Presented by PGAV Destinations, opens May 13. The majority of the exhibit is housed inside the Garden’s Climatron® conservatory. Orchids, orange blossoms, dandelions, butterflies, lotus and bird of paradise are among the flora and fauna featured in the 30 larger-than-life pieces. Michigan artist Mitchell Smith is known for his custom kiln-fired technique and style. The pieces were commissioned specifically for the Garden and collectively will be the world’s largest kiln-fired glass exhibit to date.
Daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 13 to August 21. Daytime tickets are $17 adults, $12 for adult residents of St. Louis City/County, $7 children, $5 members and $4 for member children. All prices include regular daytime Garden admission.
Evening hours are 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday nights May 25 through August 12 in addition to Sunday, May 28. Tickets are $16 adults, $10 children, $12 for members and $6 for member children. The pieces will be illuminated during evening viewings. Evening events feature live music as well as food and beverage sales. The Garden’s grounds are open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for those with evening tickets. Tickets to enter the Climatron are date and time-specific, but guests are encouraged to arrive early or stay late and enjoy the rest of the garden grounds.