Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens opened this week and is Dale Chihuly’s largest outdoor exhibition in our region.  This show is a collection of four decades of combining glass forms with environmental scenes and is Chihuly’s 13th exhibition in a large garden.  Chihuly in garden settings adds a touch of art for garden enthusiasts and is an exhilarating gateway for visitors who do not often visit the garden.  Memberships tend to spike during his shows because Chihuly’s work enriches the beauty that already resides year round in botanical collections. The glass and water play off of each other in ponds and fountains.

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While the beauty within the garden continues to hold its own against the artists’ works

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Enjoy the exhibit to photograph, as part of a stroll, as background to a meal at the new Hive cafe, or consider a family-friendly tour.  The family tours are recommended for children ages 4-12 and run every Saturday from 10-11 am and 2-3 pm.

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Chihuly leaves November 30th with a variety of activities to help enhance your perspective of the works.  Chihuly nights begin in October and there is even an option to take a photography trip to Seattle to capture images of the artist’s work in that city.

Chihuly and CEO
Dale Chihuly and the Denver Botanic Gardens CEO

Some FAQs for your visit from the Denver Botanic Gardens include:

  1. Chihuly is included in the Gardens’ admission ticket. No extra charge.
  2. Buy tickets online to speed up your entry.
  3. Members are also encouraged to reserve and print online tickets (still free).
  4. The online ticket page only lists 9 a.m. entry time, but you is valid any time.
  5. Last entry is 8 p.m. and the Gardens close at 9 p.m.
  6. Chihuly Nights is in Oct and Nov to take advantage of earlier sunset. The artworks are lit every night so you can see them glow in the summer, but won’t be optimal experience until dark fall nights.
  7. Hail- the glass is very strong and can withstand hail and storms. The plants are much more at risk.