I’m pretty sure that I’m the LAST PERSON in Denver to see this exhibit, and I’d say… better late than never!! To all of my Denver friends, you must go see this! You have until November 30th… you will LOVE it!
And, I almost missed it if I’m completely honest. Pam, Ashleigh, and I had been planning for weeks to get over there, but you know how it goes… the weekends are booked, gross weather strikes, and then… out of nowhere the most gorgeous 75 degree October day appears, and we’re there! Apparently, we weren’t the only ones with this idea. The place was PACKED!
Nothing like seeing an art exhibit with a few hundred of my closet friends, after all… I didn’t mind so much, especially since I was with two good friends and had my trusty Canon Rebel in hand to capture a bunch of shots of the insane beauty of this 24-acre garden.
I thought it was awesome that the Chihuly team was able to add the beautiful glasswork in a way that just seemed so non-invasive to the existing landscape… and in a way that just seemed to emphasize the beauty of the garden.
In addition to the beautiful flowers throughout the garden, there are also gorgeous reflecting pools, In a very Monet-like way, these reflecting pools set off the glass pieces beautifully.
Like many others, I was first introduced to Chihuly when I glanced up at the Bellagio registration ceiling in Las Vegas… and gasped at how lovely it was. I had no idea that he did garden exhibits as well… so enamored by his work. I also fell in love with the beautiful flowers at the gardens.
As someone who doesn’t have much land to grow flowers, I sure lust after them… My next place needs some flower beds, and perhaps a cute lawn boy (whether mine or hired.) Until then, I’ll just visit the botanic gardens to get my fill…
It took about an hour and a half to make our way through the exhibit, seeing most (if not all) of the pieces that they had planted. I stopped quite a bit for pictures, because there were just so many beautiful shots to be taken.
The most beautiful stop on our mini tour (and my favorite!) had to be this boat, filled with these brightly-colored orbs. So stunning!
The exhibit itself runs through November 30th, and tickets are just $15 for adults (non-member), and $9 for children (non-member.) They also have a lighted evening exhibit called Chihuly Nights that we are going to try to see before the end of the month. These tickets are the same price, and I’ve heard that it is absolutely exquisite!
As blown away as I was by the exhibit, I also fell in love with the Denver Botanic Gardens during our visit! I sincerely can’t believe that it was my first visit, and I know that it is far from my last. Such an incredible place… I may ask Santa to make me a member for Christmas. It just seems like a lovely place to visit and clear your head, or to visit with friends to see the seasonal flowers… while enjoying a picnic lunch. I definitely need to spend more time here, member or not. It’s just lovely!
Denver Peeps, run don’t walk… get there before November 30th!