Botanical Gardens Home to Chihuly Art
Chihuly hand-blown glass art pieces are found around the world in more than 200 museums and botanical gardens. Exhibits may be comprised of pieces on loan from Dale Chihuly, owned by an organization, or a combination of both. In the United States, Chihuly art at botanical gardens span the interiors of permanent displays from Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, to outside in a temporary exhibition at the Dallas Arboretum, in Texas.
Dale Chihuly is from Tacoma, Washington. He studied in such far-ranging programs as at the University of Wisconsin, Rhode Island School of Design and in Venice at the Venini glass factory on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Visiting a Public Garden in the Low Desert
The Desert Botanical Garden edges Galvin Parkway on the eastern edge of Phoenix, minutes away from the airport. Tucked between the large metropolis and smaller communities like Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona, the public garden is charged with plant research and conservation. They give specific attention to the desert plants and the environment, especially to Phoenix’s backyard, the Sonoran Desert.
The Desert Botanical Garden is in the shadow of Papago. Considered a small red rock hill, Pagago is a series of sandstone buttes surrounded by plantings typical of the Sonoran Desert habitat. Hole in the Rock in Papago refers to a collection of eroded openings. It is easy to see hikers on Papago while walking inside the Desert Botanical Garden.
Visitors are greeted before the garden’s entrance by the lime green desert towers, the only Chihuly glass art that is owned by the Desert Botanical Garden.