Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden‏

It was my first visit to Arizona, so I was overjoyed to see cacti everywhere we went, and even more excited to be guests of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix for a deeper look into the beautiful desert scenery. Filled with cacti and many other desert plants, it is unlike other botanical gardens as it focuses on a different type of vegetation, and perhaps, why we enjoyed the display so much.

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Botanical Garden is home to over 50,000 desert plant displays, such as cacti, succulents, and desert wildflowers. Five different trails lead you through the interactive and visually exciting exhibits in the garden. Conservation is also a priority of the garden—their touchstone is biodiversity and they are committed to conserving the biodiversity of North America’s desert regions. In addition to the garden itself, special events and educational programs are also held on an ongoing basis. Events such as Music in the Garden, Spring Butterfly Exhibit, Spring Plant Sale, and Agave on the Rocks are held throughout the year. Currently, their special exhibit on display is Chihuly in the Garden.

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Although the gardens themselves are very impressive and worth a visit in their own right, the special Chihuly exhibit brings the garden to an entirely different level. Dale Chihuly has his art on display at over 200 museums around the world, and this is the second time he has created an exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden. Due to an injury that impaired his physical ability to create the art by himself, Chihuly has a team that he utilizes to bring his larger than life visions to reality.

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

The Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden is stunningly integrated with the gardens of cacti and desert displays. Each piece of art is made from blown glass and appears to be strategically placed to enhance the natural beauty of the garden. I was surprised to see how large and vibrant all of the sculptures were—the size and volume of the sculptures was truly impressive.

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden is running through May 18th, 2014, and during the exhibit, time in the garden is limited and admission is granted during one of three time slots: 8am-noon, noon-4pm, 4pm-8pm. We chose to visit the garden during the 4pm-8pm time slot so we were able to experience the best of both worlds and view the sculptures at both day and night. During the transition from day to night, the sculptures undergo a transformation. As the sky darkens and the lights begin to illuminate the sparkling glass, the sculptures light up and almost start to glow. Although the sculptures are beautiful during the day, viewing the works of art at night is even more stunning.

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to walk through all the trails in the garden—the garden is quite large so you will want time on your side to enjoy each display and sculpture to its fullest.

Have you ever seen any of Chihuly’s sculptures or been to the Desert Botanical Garden?

 

Many thanks to the Desert Botanical Garden for providing us with complimentary admission. 
As always, all opinions are our own!

14 Comments
  • Corinne
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    Posted at 13:18h, 06 March Reply

    Wow! This looks amazing Jenna. I have to go! It looks like you can easily stay through sunset…love, love, love your photos!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:41h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks so much! We really had a great time–it took quite a bit longer to walk through than we realized, so we were happy to stay through sunset. Definitely recommend it if you are in the area!

  • Angela Travels
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    Posted at 13:50h, 06 March Reply

    Chihuly had an exhibit in Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I agree his work is amazing. I think he has a permanent display in Seattle, but I have not had the time to see it. I think it would be best to wait until the rain stops. His work is beautiful in a garden setting, but I am sure no matter where the exhibit is it is worth seeing these sculptures.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:42h, 17 March Reply

      Yeah, I bet his work would be beautiful no matter where it was! It would be fun to see it in other spots too!

  • Marysia
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    Posted at 15:21h, 10 March Reply

    I love such kind of quirky exhibitions, super duper cool! The one on the boat my favourite!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:06h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks! Yeah the boat was pretty neat–I loved how everything was bursting out of the boat. We almost missed it too–I didn’t realize there was anything back in that corner, so we almost turned around. Glad we didn’t!

  • Archana
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    Posted at 02:18h, 11 March Reply

    Wow! Which is the best season to visit?

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:09h, 17 March Reply

      I think each season has something fun to offer! We went in February and it was great, and this exhibit runs through mid-May I believe.

  • Beth
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    Posted at 07:46h, 13 March Reply

    His sculptures are so unique! One of the botanic garden’s near me has a few Chihuly sculptures on permanent display. Love it!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:18h, 17 March Reply

      Fun! Would love to see some of his sculptures in other spots–they are so pretty!

  • Ron
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    Posted at 14:18h, 13 March Reply

    Wow I LOVE the glass art and how they integrated it into the garden. Very nice find, I’m going to have to check this place out!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:20h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks! You should check it out–it was a great exhibit!

  • Charli
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    Posted at 17:30h, 17 March Reply

    I Love that this fuses horticulture and art. Your photos capture the scene with such vibrancy! Thanks for highlighting the exhibit!
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