Sunday, December 1, 2013

Arizona day 1—Phoenix: Desert Botanical Garden

After arriving in Phoenix at noon, I spent the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden. This is the one of the premier public gardens in the country for xeric plants, and it has been on my bucket list for a long time. My expectations were sky high. Did reality live up to them? You bet! I’m still overwhelmed by everything I saw in the 3.5 hours I was there. Since I didn’t get a chance to visit every part of the garden, I’m going to rearrange my schedule so I can go back on Friday morning.

I will have several in-depth posts about the Desert Botanical Garden in the weeks to come, but here is a short teaser. The art displayed throughout the garden is by world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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Sorry this is such a short post, but it’s been a long day (plus I lost an hour traveling from California to Arizona).

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11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I would have loved to be a fly on the way when they installed the art pieces... that must have been challenging at times. Looking forward to more photos!

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    1. Netflix has a bunch of documentaries on Dale Chihuly. I remember watching one (can't remember which) that showed the installation of an outdoor exhibition. It was fascinating.

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  2. Heaven! Thank you. It's been 2 years since I've been there...time to go back!

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  3. I was waiting for this and thanks for the taster! And I thought I recognised those glass sculptures!

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    1. Lots more photos to come. I took too many (and usual) and it'll take a while to sort through them.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  5. Humm. I am not sure I like the sculptures in this setting. Maybe I need to see more pictures! I admit the first one captured my attention, but the colors look out of place. I'd like the shapes without the unreal colors.

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    1. I'm not sure either what to think. Some sculptures I did like, others left me wondering what they were doing there.

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    2. I think the combination of the glass sculptures and the sculptural plants is pretty stunning. The juxtaposition is startling, at times, like those red poles emerging from the gravel, but the overall visual effect is magical.

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