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Fanciful Chihuly Glass Fantasia Returns to Fairchild Gardens

[photos via Sean McCaughan]

All 83 acres of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are abloom with never-before-seen glass creations by renowned artist Dale Chihuly during the upcoming Art Basel.

This exhibit will flourish in public view from December 6 to May 31. But you can see the rainbow behind-the-scenes, right here.

This glittering glass menagerie is part of the seasonal Art at Fairchild program, which enlivens the grounds' lush rainforest, palms, ponds, and butterfly sanctuary with handblown floral creations.

Chihuly has harvested the hallowed grounds of Miami before, during two seasons from 2005 to 2007. Outside the city, he has dropped architectural petal shards in cities, museums and gardens around the world: Venice, Jerusalem, San Francisco, Boston, Richmond, Montreal, and Seattle (where all that rain makes glass glow).

But until your next trip elsewhere, find yourself breathing in the charm of the grounds founded in 1938. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to the world of tropical plants: palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Lizards are included.