Dale Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Sun Sculpture by Dale Chihuly

The Sun Sculpture


The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix Arizona are unlike any other botanical gardens in the world.  They are filled with all different kinds of cactus and desert plants.  The gardens are in Papago Park which are located between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.  When you are in the gardens you feel like you are out in the middle of desert even though you are surrounded by the city.

The gardens are currently celebrating their 75th anniversary and for Phoenix that is pretty old.  I really like visiting the gardens and have a membership that allows me to go whenever I want.


Red Glass Rods within a field of Cactus

Red Glass Sculpture with Cactus

Blue Glass and Agave Plants Dale Chihuly

Blue Glass and Agave Plants


This November (2013) they are bringing back the the popular “Chihuly in the Garden” exhibit.  The exhibit is created with the famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.  This will be the second time that the gardens have had this exhibit.  The first time was in 2008 which is when I took these pictures.


Purple Glass inside a boat

Boat with Purple Glass

Blue Glass Iceberg floating in the pond

Blue Glass Iceberg

Green Cactus Glass Sculpture

Green Glass Cactus Sculpture


The glass sculptures are carefully placed throughout the gardens among the cactus and desert plants.  The exhibit is especially spectacular at sunset when many of the sculptures are lit up.


Green Cactus Sculptures during the day

Green Cactus Sculptures during the day.

Green Cactus Sculpture

Green Cactus Sculpture at the Desert Botanical Gardens


The exhibit runs from November 10, 2013 to May 18, 2014 which is the best time of year in Phoenix.  If you are going to be in Phoenix at this time or are a fan of Chihuly I highly recommend visiting during this time.  I know that I will visit many times.


Glass Ball Boat Sculpture

Glass Ball Boat Sculpture

Chihuly Neon Glass Sculpture at sunset

Neon Glass Sculpture at Sunset


This exhibit will be very popular and it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.  They will have three entrance times per day at 8 AM, 12PM and 4PM.  I recommend going for the 4 PM time because you will be able to see the gardens during the day and night.



  • The Chihuly Exhibit runs from November 10, 2013 until May 18, 2014.
  • Entrance fees are $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, $12 for Students and $10 for Children.  It is free for members.
  • Visit the gardens website for more information.
  • The gardens are located in Papago Park which is located between Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.


  1. says

    Beautiful! Chihuly is also having an exhibit going on right now in Montreal which I’ve covered on my site. Interesting to see how his pieces are being shown off in different settings!
    Frank (bbqboy)

  2. Escapig Abroad says

    I really liked the cactus sculptures at the entrance. Did you get to see the 4 seasons sculptures by Haas, or were those already taken down?

  3. Arlene Kieslich says

    !!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING to attend this CHIHULY EXHIBIT in person at our own PHX’s Desert Botanical Garden!! . . . GORGEOUS GLASS SCULPUTURES in fabulous desert setting INCREDIBLE beyone description!

  4. says

    I too was at the DBG in 2008 when the exhibit was first there. I’d love to go back to see what new parts of the exhibit they have. Tip: Go around 4pm, that way you can see it by day, and lit up at night. DBG is such a wonderful place, made just that more beautiful by the Chihuly Exhibit.

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