At about this time last year, I was in Seattle visiting college friends who took me around their fair city. One place I really spent a little bit more time than usual was the Chihuly Garden and Glass which had this incredible exhibit of works by artist Dale Chihuly. We in Chicago know Chihuly because he single- handedly (I believe) made popular a moribund botanical garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory in which he exhibited his glass works interspersed with the plant collection back in the early 2000. The Conservatory was in disrepair and needed funds and attention - and his exhibit did it. It became so popular that they had to extend it several times and basically put the Conservation in the consciousness of Chicago again. He left/donated some of his works as a permanent exhibit in a pond at the Aroid house of the Conservatory.