free day CHIHULY & WILDFLOWERS at Phoenix DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

The website of the Desert Botanical Garden is  http://dbg.org/

Dale Chihuly is unique to the field of blown glass.  His exhibits are world renown. And he has returned to  the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.  The 2nd Tuesday each month is FREE admission day.

Lets walk the garden and enjoy it more as a group.  There are many blown glass displays throughout.

The garden is located on Galvin Parkway, north of the zoo, between McDowell and Van Buren. North of McDowell, Galvin Parkway is N. 64th St.  South of Van Buren, it is N. Priest.

Perhaps, we’ll start at the Desert Wildflower Trail. .

And then head to the Succulent, and Cactus Galleries. You can explore the great diversity of form, texture and color found in this wondrous array of cacti and succulents from around the world, including hot and dry deserts, high-elevation deserts and coastal deserts.

Then visit the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest, a dramatic display of plants from the agave, yucca and nolina families.

Then  head out the Desert Discovery Loop Trail, the Garden’s main trail where you can learn the unique characteristics of desert plants from around the world. You can also access the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail, the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, and the Center for Desert Living Trail and The Steele Herb Garden. The Steele Herb Garden highlights a variety of desert-adapted herbs displayed in a Wildlife Garden, Picante Garden, Tea and Culinary Gardens, Sensory Garden and a Medicinal Garden. The Desert Discovery Loop Trail is about 1/3 of a mile.

Here is a trail guide

http://www.dbg.org/system/files/77/original/Winter_2013_OnMedia_Guide_Chihuly_Map.pdf?1383938394

There are many beautiful photos of the garden on its facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/dbgphx#!/dbgphx?closeTheater=1

Here  are photos from our previous trips:

12/10/13

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=19006672

4/9/13

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=14201032

5/10/11

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1417911

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http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=13654542

http://www.flickr.com/photos/desertbotanical/sets/72157631438606946/

Here’s the official wildflower infosite:

http://www.dbg.org/gardening-horticulture/wildflower-infosite

The garden closes at 4 pm, however we'll probably finish around 1-2pm and then some of us will optionally adjourn to Papago Brewery on the SW corner of McDowell and Scottsdale Rd. (http://www.papagobrewing.com/).

IMPORTANT NOTE!

Due to the popularity of the exhibit parking may be limited or at least distant... allow time.

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  • Randi

    Father dropped me off at the circle & I caught a ride to the gate with an employee - sweet! Sister & nephew had much difficulty but was able to finagle their way into the parking lot (which by the way, was not full by any means at 11am, since many visitors had already left). Once inside the park, I suggested they keep track of how many cars leave the lot so they can allow cars in to park.

    Sorry for y'all's nightmare. If you did not make it inside, probably a good thing because the place was packed. We still enjoyed our visit, though it would've been much more comfortable if attendance had been reduced by half.

    I guess everyone had the same idea to visit the park today for free admission. I did see 3 other PAMG members at the entrance, but they thought it best to see the park on their own.

    I'm returning to Dallas tomorrow. Catch y'all next time.

    March 11, 2014

  • George R.

    When I saw I couldn't get in I went to Boyce Thompson Arboretum instead. I have never seen anything like it, better luck next time.

    March 11, 2014

  • Sharon L.

    There was no available parking, gave up. Maybe next time I was also quite surprised that it was completely full maybe they advertized it at spring training. Saw many out of state license plates. I would be happy to try again in April earlier .

    March 11, 2014

  • Don B.

    It's all Chihuly's fault. LOL. Maybe in April try an earlier meetup time. I was there before 10, and I only got a spot by circling around twice, but the lot had only just started to overflow. At 9am or before, it should be okay. Thanks for alerting us to free day at the gardens, Al! Sorry I didn't see everyone, but I was glad to get to the gardens anyway.

    March 11, 2014

  • Al T.

    Well, I hope some of you were able to get into the garden and then have a good time. Several of us weren't allowed in and just couldn't find a place to park. Very sorry. Same time last year... no parking or other problems. No problems last fall either. I will try to find a way to guarantee entrance for us April free day.

    March 11, 2014

  • Merle L.

    The Chihuly exhibit will be there until May 18

    March 11, 2014

  • Ja K.

    It's a ways, but sports complex on NW corner of McDowell and 64th had lots of parking spots.

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No parking inside. I don't want to park on the street. I am going to have to pass on today. Does anyone know how long this exhibit will be here?

    March 11, 2014

  • Ja K.

    Just got thru past entrance - says they have full capacity. I'm bactracking to see if I can even get in. Might just go home.

    March 11, 2014

  • Don B.

    Hey everyone, I am inside the park. Warning... parking is a nightmare out there. I am exploring the gardens and will bump into you later.

    March 11, 2014

  • Mike

    Sick again

    March 11, 2014

  • Randi

    My sister, nephew and I are planning to come. Look forward to seeing everyone!!

    March 9, 2014

  • Nancy

    I will try to make it. I have an appointment at 2 pm so will have to leave in time for that.

    March 9, 2014

  • Merle L.

    We may be a little late but we should be there.

    March 5, 2014

  • Alex

    I'd love to go, but I have to work.

    March 4, 2014

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