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If you are (or are going to be) in Denver between now and November 30th – I would highly recommend that you add a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens to your must see list! A complement to the already gorgeous gardens, the current exhibition featuring Chihuly’s stunning glass sculptures should not be missed. Chihuly is an internationally acclaimed glass fine artist known for his architectural installations around the world in historic cities, museums and gardens. Here’s a sneak peak from my visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens this past Sunday, June 22nd (click any photo to enlarge):

I would recommend arriving to the gardens early in order to escape the larger crowds that descend a little later in the day. Also, beginning October 3rd the gardens will feature Chihuly Nights from 5:30-9pm to allow visitors to view the sculptures during sunset and while illuminated at night. More information can be found on the Denver Botanic Garden’s website.

As an added bonus, I was lucky enough be in Phoenix in 2009 when the Desert Botanical Garden featured Chihuly’s installation. I would have loved to return for another viewing of his most recent work installed there this winter, too. Very different landscapes between the Desert and Denver, similarly beautiful results. Here are a few snapshots from his 2009 exhibition in Phoenix (click any photo to enlarge):

— Amy DePierre

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