Friday, February 28, 2014

The Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937, the garden now has more than 21,000 plants, one-third of which are native to the area, including 139 species which are rare, threatened or endangered. Of special note are the rich collections of agave and cacti. Plants from less extreme climate conditions are protected under shade houses. It focuses on plants adapted to desert conditions, including an Australian collection, a Baja California collection and a South American collection.

Dale Chihuly was featured at the Desert Botanical Garden with a stunning exhibition of his work.

 Chihuly (born September 20, 1941), is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture". The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.

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