It’s hard to imagine the Desert Botanical Garden being more beautiful than it naturally is, but somehow the installation of glass art designed by Dale Chihuly manages to do just that. The organic shapes of Mr. Chihuly’s glass designs juxtaposed with the desert plants is truly inspired. I experienced the glass at night when the pieces were lit, adding a glow to them. They seemed to naturally grow from the desert floor as if they have always been a part of the landscape.
Chihuly in the Garden is showing through May 18, and be sure to make a reservation before you go. You can see the exhibition in the daytime, or go after dark on select Saturdays in the spring and enjoy DJ music and a cash bar. There’s also an optional audio tour that provides information on the installations.
While you are at the garden be sure to take some time to visit their amazing gift shop where you will find treasures that truly reflect the Sonoran desert. I also highly recommend a visit to Gertrude’s, their new restaurant that is named after the founder of the garden. Chef Stephen Eldridge’s menu showcases fresh ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. Gertrude’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves brunch on Sundays. This is a great way to start or finish your visit to this magical garden!