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April 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

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"Botanical Exotica" at Volunteer Park Conservatory


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Patti Rollefstad, of Maui, Hawaii, left, looks at the "Botanical Exotica" exhibit during its opening reception at Volunteer Park Conservatory Thursday, April 11, 2013. The installation, designed by Pilchuck Glass School alumni Jason Gamrath, currently features glass orchids up to 12-feet-tall. Carnivorous plants and cacti will also be added over the next couple of months. Gamrath, 26, who grew up on Mercer Island, created the exhibit at Pratt Fine Arts Center over the course of a year with a team of 15 designers, glass artists and metal artists. All of the artwork is for sale, and a portion if the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Conservatory. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/JasonGamrathGlass.

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Eight large glass orchids, some reaching up to 12-feet-tall, are currently on display at Volunteer Park Conservatory. Pilchuck Glass School alumni Jason Gamrath, 26, who designed the installation, grew up coming to the conservatory as a child with his mother on rainy days.

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Crowds pass through the "Botanical Exotica" exhibit during its opening reception at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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An attendee leaves the "Botanical Exotica" exhibit during its opening reception at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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Genevieve Dolan, a volunteer at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, walks through the "Botanical Exotica" exhibit during its opening reception Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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