Growing up in the Desert and being an active hiker when I was younger, I thought maybe I have had my fill of Desert Landscapes. But a trip to the Desert Botanical Garden would prove me MAJORLY wrong. The desert is so much more than cactus and creepy crawly creatures. Perhaps that is why I have lived here this long, I just never seem to reach the end of my Arizona adventures!
It has been a while since I have been to the Desert Botanical Garden, like a long while, as in High School days long while! It has changed quite a bit, in a good way. The big draw right now is the CHIHULY exhibit by Artist Dale Chihuly. Which I have wanted to see for several months! Realizing it ends May 18th, means that this was the time to go! In other GREAT news, I GOT A NEW CAMERA!!!! I had been reading, researching and doing mini photography tests, but this would be the cameras first official outing! New Camera =better photos =better blog posts! (I hope..)
This is where I must give you a *warning* this post is photo heavy!! I am just too excited about the photos to leave some of them out!
The visit could not have been special ordered any better. The weather was perfect, it was not too hot, not too bright. The sun was out but hiding in the clouds somewhere. It was warm but with a slight cool, fragrant breeze. Thank goodness I was prepared and took my allergy medicine that morning! I also made a good decision opting to get the Butterfly Enclosure pass. I needed this little adventure in my life. I wanted to just have a relaxed and enjoyable day where I could recenter and connect with nature.
The way the CHIHULY glass sculptures are arranged is really amazing. Most of the sculptures are in a landscape making them appear to be a part of the natural settings. Some are big and bold and others blend with the surroundings. Many appear to have a little moment in the way the shape and color of the glass flows.
I could sit and watch the butterflies all day! Watching the continually changing landscape is relaxing. On this day there were a few groups of school students in the exhibit, so I had to move it along. The kids reactions to the butterflies was also cute and entertaining. The exhibit itself is a descent size, there are quite a lot of butterflies and there are plenty of experts there to answer questions.
Flowers, Cactus, Succulents, Rocks all work together to create unique and interesting scenery as you walk along the trails. I even saw a few little critters.
Desert Botanical Garden is great for a nice peaceful day alone, but I am excited to go back and take the kids. They had little stations along the path with staff available to answer questions. I think my kids would enjoy that. This would be a great destination for out of State visitors, with the family or like me, when you need a day to yourself!! They have a restaurant and two cafe’s on site. With so many fun events, classes, exhibits and of course beautiful landscapes it is a “must go” Phoenix destination!