Chihuly In the Garden

Dale Chihuly Glass Art at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

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••• © 2013 Judy Hedding

Five years ago the Desert Botanical Garden hosted an installation of Dale Chihuly’s art in glass, entitled The Nature of Glass. During that six months, the garden saw unprecedented attendance, every day, to the extent that it was actually at capacity almost every day during that event. Dale Chihuly and his team have once again selected some existing pieces and created others that have been strategically placed in the Garden, where art and nature combine to create unique beauty.

Dale Chihuly’s work can be found in more than 200 museum collections around the world. We have another rare opportunity to be dazzled by his imagination, creativity and precision in one of the most beautiful settings in the Desert Southwest.

When is the Chihuly glass art exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden?

November 10, 2013 through May 18, 2014

Where is the Garden?

Here is a map and directions to Desert Botanical Garden.

What’s different this time?

These are not the same pieces that were displayed the last time. If you loved Chihuly: The Nature of Glass in 2008/09, you'll find more to love at Chihuly In the Garden in 2013/14.

It’s been five years since the last exhibition, and naturally there have been changes at the Garden in that time. Most notably,

  1. More parking spaces have been added.
  2. Last time the Garden hosted Chihuly's art, special shuttles were arranged to bring people from the light rail stop at 44th Street and Washington to the Garden. Now, there is a bus that stops right near the Garden entrance. It’s the #56 bus, and basically travels along Priest Drive. There is a Park ‘n’ Ride on the southern part of the route, at Costco, on the corner of Priest Drive and Elliot Road. The bus makes stops at Arizona Mills Mall, as well as the Phoenix Zoo. On the northern end of the route, the bus connects to METRO Light Rail at the Washington/Priest Drive Station. Check the bus schedule online. (Note: The bus only stops at the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo during daytime hours.) A trip on the bus costs $2.
  1. You can now enjoy a leisurely gourmet farm-and-pasture-to-plate meal at Gertrude’s, a full service restaurant near the entrance to the Garden. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, reservations are recommended.

How do I get tickets, and how much are they?

Because of the special nature of this exhibit, this is a ticketed event with three entry sessions per day: 8 a.m. to noon; noon to 4 p.m.; and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Walk-up admission will be allowed on a space available basis only. Note: There are no evening session tickets available on the nights when Las Noches de las Luminarias is held (Nov/Dec). You can see that schedule here.

Your ticket allows you access to the entire Desert Botanical Garden. Admission charges are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; $12 for ages 12-18 and college students with ID; $10 for children 3-12; and under 3 is free.

Parking is free.

Got a coupon or a AAA discount? Yes, those will be honored.

What else should I know?

This is Dale Chihuly’s 12th garden exhibition, and there are 21 installations -- plus some special surprises. Some were created especially for the Desert Botanical Garden. You will receive a map at entry. Enjoy the garden, and see if you can find them all!

Do you have pictures?

Yes! Enjoy this photo gallery of Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden. It includes photos of the 2013/14 exhibition, as well as those from the 2008/09 installation.

Did you know…

… that we have two permanent Chihuly glass pieces in the Valley of the Sun? One is at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden. Desert Towers was acquired by the Garden after the 2008/09 Chihuly exhibition. On the west side of town, in Glendale, Arizona, you can see a chandelier by Dale Chihuly, The Sun and the Moon.

It is in the lobby of the Foothills Library.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, contact the Desert Botanical Garden at 480-941-1225 or visit them online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.