If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, I highly recommend going soon. There are currently two wonderful exhibits in place until the May 31, 2009.
Chihuly: The Nature of Glass Exhibit – Dale Chihuly is a phenomenally talented artist who works with glass as his medium. His glass sculptures are beautiful, elegant and whimsical all at the same time. The installation at the Desert Botanical Garden is beautifully integrated into the exhibits, providing bright punches of color throughout. You do need to make reservations to see the exhibit so please visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s website at www.dbg.org.
The second exhibit is a wonderful, interactive one featuring butterflies. It is the Spring Butterfly Exhibit and you get to walk through an enclosed pavilion with hundreds of butterflies fluttering by. If you have children, they have “Butterfly Bingo” charts that they get to bring in to help identify all of the different species.
Another fun set of events is the Jazz in the Garden Concert Series. On Friday nights through June 26th, there will be performances by various jazz artists. There is more information on the performers and the concert series on the website.
Even if you are unable to visit while these exhibits and events are taking place, the Desert Botanical Garden is still worth a visit. It is amazing to see the diversity of plant life found in the Sonoran Desert and there are plenty of educational opportunities throughout the compound.
Desert Botanical Garden at Papago Park
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008