2023 theme: Light and Reflection

The 2023 theme is Light and Reflection.


The result of a reflection is never a carbon copy, but something that is transformed in the process, like an image in a body of water or the exchange of information. Color and light, along with actions, thoughts, and behaviors are all altered by the act of bending or looking back. In 2023, explore garden displays, education programs, events, and exhibits revealing the power of light and reflection in nature. Examine how plants can help us find solutions to a changing climate while you see yourself in herbs, delight in floral kaleidoscopes and an edible rainbow, look through rose (and other) colored glass, and help us celebrate the movement of light through the seasons.


Art Exhibit: Glass in Flight

Throughout Reiman Gardens
April 15 – October 8 

Composed of iridescent exoskeletons and translucent wings, the giant insects of Glass in Flight have been replicated in luminous steel and dalle de verre glass by artist Alex Heveri. These amazingly life-like sculptures showcase an array of beneficial insects and pollinators including beetles, bees, dragonflies, and butterflies. The interaction of sunlight and the beautiful colored glass in these 20 pieces highlights the brilliant connectedness of light to plants, insects, the environment, and even us humans. How is light connected to you? Come witness the way light reflects on the beauty of the gardens gleaming with glass.

  • Dalle de verre is a glass art technique using colored glass set in a matrix of supporting materials that became prominent in the mid-20th The edges of the pieces may be chipped or faceted to increase the effects of refraction and reflection, while the thickness of the glass produces deeper colors through illumination than traditional stained glass.



Display: A Day’s Closing Credits

Hughes Conservatory
August 21 – November 3

Sunlight is slowly fading, painting the sky in beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow as it makes its descent below the horizon. Reflections of these hues are mirrored in the river of plantings flowing throughout the center bed. As the end of the day approaches, take time to be grateful for the things that have brought you to this point, and look forward to what lies ahead in the tomorrows to come. Each new day brings its own unique obstacles, opportunities, and joys. What lessons are you most grateful for? What are you looking forward to in the coming days?  








Glass in Flight exhibit map