Garden Photo of the Day

Everyone Loves Chihuly

For today’s GPOD, Petra Williams provided photos from her recent trip to the New York Botanical Garden to see the amazing installation of Chihuly glass sculptures. We provided the captions.

One story has it that Dale Chihuly was inspired to create this piece at a cocktail party after seeing a plate of cubed cheese with no way to pick them up.

After yet another vicious game, the dodgeballs of Mrs. Dinklethorp’s 4th grade class decided enough was enough, so they made a break for it. 

I once grew an Echinops with a flower THIS BIG. 

Pick the real name of this piece:A) What Makes Me Sneeze #4 B) Meg Ryan’s Morning Hair C) Sol de Citron

“How do they clean the glass way up on top? Oh, never mind. I see it.”

(Answer to #4: C. But if we had a say, it would be B)


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  1. user-7007498 11/22/2017

    Thanks, Petra, for sharing your photos from the Chihuly Exhibition. I didn't get a chance to make it to New York Botanical Gardens this year, but I have seen the artists work before. The pieces are stunning, and I am sure they were even more beautiful in person.

    NYBG is another great garden to visit when in New York City.
    Happy Thanksgiving GPODers.

    1. frankgreenhalgh 11/22/2017

      Hey Kev., how was the stage show, Oliver, and your daughter's performance on the week-end?

      1. user-7007498 11/22/2017

        Thanks, Frank. The show was great. They had a 20 piece orchestra. Great singers. Attached is a photo of Erin (role of Nancy) and an actor playing Bill Sykes.

        1. frankgreenhalgh 11/22/2017

          Wow, they look fantastic, Kev. You and Kathy must have been so very proud of Erin. Cheers mate

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    treasuresmom 11/22/2017

    Amazing! Would love to go someday.

  3. tennisluv 11/22/2017

    Chihuly Exhibitions are always delightful. So glad you went to the NYBG and took pictures of this one, Petra. Great way to start the day. Here are two more from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

  4. user-4691082 11/22/2017

    I remember being so impressed by Dale’s creations at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Thanks Petra, for posting these photos. It looks like you had a wonderful day to visit! My favorite is the one in the boat...

    1. JoanDenoo 11/22/2017

      Me too!

  5. Sunshine111 11/22/2017

    How lovely! I have seen Chihuly’s work in a number of places, most recently this summer at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio.

  6. hontell 11/22/2017

    I've seen his work at both the NYBG and Fairchild in Miami. Always amazing. There is a great video I saw on PBS a few years ago showing how he creates these pieces and how they are installed. Should be on youtube somewhere. Happy Thanksgiving

  7. user-6964848 11/22/2017

    Great post & humor. Thanks for sharing!

  8. cheryl_c 11/22/2017

    We are in the last week of having a Chihuly display at Crystal Bridges, a world-class museum of American art in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Yes, I know, some cognitive dissonance using 'world-class,' art, and Bentonville in the same sentence). The museum took a public vote as to which of the items would be purchased for their collection - the first picture is one that was chosen.

    1. cheryl_c 11/22/2017

      And here is one taking advantage of the woodland setting

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  10. user-7008421 11/22/2017

    Beautiful! Saw his pieces in Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix a few years ago. Lots of work creating the glass pieces that are assembled into the sculptures.

  11. user-7008735 11/22/2017

    You had a gorgeous day for your visit to the gardens, Petra, and your pictures inspired someone's sense of humour! It interests me how Chihuly can make something as heavy as glass look so light. Thanks for sharing!

  12. jagardener 11/22/2017

    Had the good fortune to be on holiday in NY and saw the exhibit. Having seen it before in Kew Gardens. the only words I have are marvellous, delightful, wonderful... Would really love to see how the pieces are created and installed. Magnificent!

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    meander_michaele 11/22/2017

    I have no self control over the flow of adjectives that are going to come pouring out...magical, mesmerizing, magnificent, mind-blowing, marvelous, miraculous, mystifying...ha, ok, I limited myself to the letter "m" or else, I would have been writing all day. Thank you so much, Petra, for sharing the pictures and a thumbs up to the caption brainiacs.

  14. foxglove12 11/22/2017

    So much color! Thanks for sharing.

  15. gardeningisfine 11/23/2017

    Petra, you and your camera have done a fantastic job as always. Love these photos. Now you need to show us your beautiful garden! Everyone would so enjo6!

  16. greengenes 11/23/2017

    Thanks so much for sharing Chihulys designs! They are so fabulous and so happy. It looks as though you had a great time and weather was good! Thanks

  17. 7thChild 11/23/2017

    The Chihuly at Night at NYBG was beautiful too; different than seeing the pieces in daylight. :)

  18. maryannborcherding 11/23/2017

    I'm so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest and have easy access to the exhibits in Seattle and Tacoma. His museum and garden under the Space needle in Seattle with the glass arbor is stunning. The Tacoma museum with it glass blowing demonstrations, and the walking bridge over the freeway is a sight to behold. if you're coming this was stop and see them. The first and third pics are glass ceilings the second it is a Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling, last is one of many displays in the garden under the Space Needle loved everything

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      meander_michaele 11/23/2017

      Your pictures are breathtaking. You are very fortunate, indeed, to see such displays.

      1. maryannborcherding 11/23/2017

        I'm glad you liked them. It is hard to capture the true beauty, they seem to change every minute with the light. A place to say wow,wow,wow nonstop.

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