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Garden of Glass: The art of Craig Mitchell Smith Debuts Mother’s Day Weekend May 13  

WHAT: Garden of Glass: The Art of Craig Mitchell Smith
WHEN: May 13 to August 13, 2017. Daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning June 1. Evening hours also offered Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28).
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
INFO: For tickets and additional information visit Tickets will be available for purchase beginning January 2017.   

(ST. LOUIS):  The Missouri Botanical Garden will play host to floral glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith next summer during its Garden of Glass event. Smith’s pieces have previously been on exhibit at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Michigan State University and various botanic gardens. His work has been featured on HGTV.

Smith is known for his custom kiln fired technique and style. He uses fusing, texturing, slumping and cold working to create his pieces. Next summer’s exhibit will feature 30 displays, all commissioned specifically for the Missouri Botanical Garden. It will be the world’s largest kiln fired glass exhibit to date.

“We continue to look for exhibits which will delight our visitors,” said Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. “Craig’s passions for gardening and floral glass make this a perfect fit for the Garden.”

The majority of the exhibit will be housed in the Garden’s Climatron® with preview pieces on other parts of the grounds and one display at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Evening events will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings June 1 to August 12 so that guests can see the exhibit with custom lighting. Evening events will feature food and beverage sales and live entertainment. The pieces are best seen at night, but will be on display during regular daytime hours at a reduced price. Tickets for evening events will be available in early January 2017. Digital images are available here.

Smith’s pieces will be available for sale following the close of the show. Additional studio pieces will be available for sale in the shop located in Ridgway Visitors Center. A number of pieces for sale will be made with glass from the Garden’s greenhouses. When the greenhouses were renovated, the glass was saved, and a portion will be used for this exhibit.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 157 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.