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The Chihuly Glass Garden in Seattle

Today's photos are from our good friend Linda Skyler (see her gardens HERE), who says, "A couple of weeks ago we visited one of our favorite gardens – the Chihuly Glass Garden in Seattle. It is a very special kind of garden and is so spectacular that I wanted to share its beauty with the other GPODers. The beauty of the gardens are incredible in either daylight or darkness and the entire layout is just breathtaking. It is a permanent display in and about the Glass House and is at the foot of the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. Enjoy!" Wow, Linda, so cool! Maybe I can slip out to this garden when I'm in Seattle next week….

Speaking of Seattle, it's just about time to decide where we'll all meet up! For those of you attending the Northwest Flower & Garden Show next week, what do you think of meeting in the lobby bar of the Sheraton right after my talk at 3:15 on Wednesday? Maybe 4:30? I'll be the one holding nametags and a pen….

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  1. user-1020932 02/02/2015

    so nice to see this on a rainy day here. i do love Chihuly especially the garden installations. glad you sent these in and i hope all the gpod'ers get to slip out to see it while there. and for those of you looking for Michelle at 4:30,,, she will be holding nametags, a pen and a drink after her presentation. ALL of you have a great time while there and AnneK, it's up to you to keep them all in line OR maybe for you to lead the pack in creating a raucous good time

    1. annek 02/02/2015

      Ha! Wish you'd join us, but we'll send photos!

      1. perenniallycrazy 02/03/2015

        See you next week my friend.

        1. annek 02/04/2015

          Can't wait!

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    meander_michaele 02/02/2015

    It's amazing how what could be regarded as an inanimate substance (glass) can be so alive with vibrancy and color. And because of its interaction with light, it almost literally dances and cavorts and seems to be changing constantly. I am always in awe when I see Chihuly installations.

    And, a PS on something that I enjoyed thoroughly and felt inspired by...that is your article, Terie Rawn, on how your wonderful garden areas evolved in your woods. The pictures are wonderful and the advice and tips are very worthwhile. I agree wholeheartedly that it matters so much to have some great and soul satisfying garden views to look out on from the inside!

    1. user-1020932 02/02/2015

      Mike, i wish i could write as descriptively as you. sure if you wrote for a food magazine i would starve to death reading the reviews

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        meander_michaele 02/02/2015

        Ha, Jeff, I wish I could fool Mother Nature and trick her into waving a magic wand so that my love for words and gardening would be enough to sustain other words, no more eating for a while! I am not shedding my holiday season weight gain and I am starting to get annoyed about that.
        and, by the way, you always start us out with such positive energy with your comments and observations. You often notice a particular plant or detail that might have slipped past me and help me look at the pictures with greater appreciation.

        1. user-1020932 02/02/2015

          I have started describing myself as a tree, i seem to gain another ring each year. it used to melt away fast in spring but now it just hangs around for the next season's growth

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            meander_michaele 02/02/2015

            Ha, a tree, huh? Wasn't "What kind of tree would you want to be?" a famous question asked by Barbara Walters in one, if not several, of her interviews some years back? Hmm, I'll ask you, what's a tree variety that is long lived, strong limbed but decently flexible and stays useful and functional until pretty much the end of its life? That's what I'd pick!

      2. annek 02/02/2015

        Mike has the gift, for sure. A poetess with her words so aptly describing the Chihuly gardens. I second everything Mike said!

    2. terieLR 02/02/2015

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. I am very pleased with the final results.

      1. user-7006958 02/03/2015

        Oh Terry! That first picture with the Japanese Candelabra primroses and the deep green of the surrounding May foliage ..I could't stop looking at it! It is now imprinted in my memory forever! Great job with that article indeed and great job with your garden!

        1. user-7007362 02/04/2015

          Hi Daniela, the magazine is on my end table opened to display that very page. Funny, I can't stop looking at it either! ? So glad you noticed the JP primrose. There is a unique story behind those special plants. I will have to share it one of these posts! Initially I was driven to add as many textures as possible to shade gardening. That is really more important to me than color. I think this page emphasizes that perfectly.

    3. user-7007140 02/12/2015

      As I was offline for a while I missed this, but followed a link and am finally on the page. Some years ago the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio held a Chihuly Garden exhibit. I was fortunate enough to Visit on installation day and was fascinated with all the techniques and the finished installation. I visited several times as glass is a particular interest of mine. One day I will get to Seattle! To wander around at leisure and view all this wonderful work coexisting with fabulous plants really is magical. Your description of how the properties of light affect the glass, is wonderful Michaele. We all love your words.

  3. GrannyMay 02/02/2015

    Thanks for these wonderful photos Linda! A wake-up of the senses on a dull Monday morning! Chihuly glass creations always amaze and delight. How wonderful it would be to see these "live" in a garden setting.

    1. Meelianthus 02/04/2015

      Glad you enjoyed May. I was happily surprised to see your article in FG. A great story and nice history. Sounds like you have created a beautiful place. Hope you will be able to make the NWFG next year. Linda

      1. GrannyMay 02/05/2015

        Thanks Linda. I still haven't received my copy of FG so haven't seen it, but from everyone's comments Michelle's article must be overflowing with compliments. This year's NWFG sounds like it will be a lot of fun for the GPODers. I hope the meet and greet party will be held again at next year's show.

  4. digginWA 02/02/2015

    Thanks for sharing those, Linda. I hope you don't mind if I butt in with one more .... It is another angle on the second shot above--I thought the black bean pod things were really cool. Black is tricky in the garden, but the purple spikes draw the eye right to the pods.

    So looking forward to the NWFGS!

    1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/02/2015

      Great shot Tia

    2. GrannyMay 02/02/2015

      Love this view as well! Thanks for sharing it Tia.

  5. GrannyCC 02/02/2015

    Just amazing. Chihuly certainly is a creative person. Love watching the programs and how he works. Thanks Linda.

    1. sheila_schultz 02/03/2015

      As an aside, heal quickly my friend. you are an important part of our GPOD community.

  6. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/02/2015

    Chihuly display gardens are always changing. Many people think once you go that's it ,you have seen it,the gardens are always changing and some of the glass as well. We have an aquantance who has told us this because he works there,so visiting multiple times is a must. These gardens are really worth visiting all photos I have ever seen can not capture the sparkle and complete beauty of these gardens. I need to get back again myself and these pictures made we realize that. Thanks for the photos Linda you have captured these gardens beautifully.

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/04/2015

      Hope to see you and meelianthus (Linda) next week!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/04/2015

        Yes I need to take the day off,but life is getting shorter so it's time to think of me!!(my brides might not be so happy to find my store closed)so yes I and my partner in crime Don will be there. I can't wait to see everyone. It's going to be very fun to put names and faces together.

      2. Meelianthus 02/04/2015

        See you then ^_^ Linda

    2. Meelianthus 02/04/2015

      So glad you enjoyed Glenda and you are right, even great photos don't capture all of the incredible beauty - also the 'Collections Cafe' is great ! Have you eaten there?
      See you soon. Linda

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/04/2015

        We have eaten there,and it was a big surprise how wonderful the food was. It was enjoyable to see Chihulys collections over all of the walls. Quite the collections. See you in one week Linda.

  7. sheila_schultz 02/02/2015

    Thanks for the post Linda, Chihuly's work is so extraordinary. We were lucky enough to have an awesome installation at the Denver Botanic Garden from May thru Nov. last year. Did you know his glass pieces are hail-proof? I thought that was pretty cool!

    Michelle and everyone that's going to Seattle, my daughter Laurel and I can't wait to see you all next week! Meet you in the lobby bar at 4:30!

  8. sheila_schultz 02/02/2015

    I wanted to join Meander1 in congratulating Terie Rawn for the absolutely wonderful article in the new issue of Fine Gardening. She's not only an artist in the garden, she's also an artist with her words... it was fabulous! Thank you Terie!!! Also, much to my surprise, but who did I find on the very last page of the magazine, but Granny May! She was featured in the 'Our Readers Gardens' page! We are surrounded by celebrities!!! WooHoo!

    1. terieLR 02/02/2015

      I just realized Granny May is with me in this issue also. How fun! I am enjoying the magazine as a whole. So much of the information is tied together with similar perennials. It feels like spring in my soul but sure is a wintery mix outside my windows today.

      1. sheila_schultz 02/02/2015

        Terie, I haven't had a chance to read the rest of the magazine. Tim Vojt told me May was in this issue too! I'm going to have some flight time coming up this week, so I can up all the details... but in the meantime, I am overjoyed that 2 lovely women and amazing gardeners are being featured in Fine Gardening this month! Have fun with your spring dreams on your snow filled day, Terie!

        1. user-7007362 02/03/2015

          Hi Sheila, This has been a crazy busy day. Every once in a while I got a minute to jump back on this page to be near my garden family ? but haven't had the opportunity to respond to you. I sincerely thank you for the artistry compliment. It's been such a pleasure to find this group of like-minded gardening friends. I've known very few people who take garden-interest as seriously as I. Everyone one of you give me encouragement on a new level. I adore the winter months of dreaming through your ideas. The quest to have an article in a magazine was a life-long dream come true. You have ALL helped to made that possible. For that, I thank YOU!

          1. sheila_schultz 02/03/2015

            Isn't life an interesting journey? You expressed my feelings perfectly Terie . Michelle had no idea what she started when she came up with the idea of GPOD. We have become a family and we are all so proud of you. Your gardens and your words touch us. Dang... you are really good at what you do!!! Enjoy every moment!

      2. GrannyMay 02/03/2015

        Terie, I can't wait to see your article. I know I'll be enjoying every word and every photo as well!

        1. user-7007362 02/03/2015

          Thank you May. Congratulations to YOU also. Michelle did a great job introducing you to the FG readers.

    2. GrannyMay 02/03/2015

      Tim told me the issue was out, but I don't have it yet. The suspense is killing me - I have no idea what Michelle said or what photos she used! I think our mailed magazine takes the slow boat from China; by the time it gets here it is old news to everyone else!

      1. sheila_schultz 02/03/2015

        You will be pleased... Michelle sees that you are an exceptional gardener. If there is any chance you can make it to Seattle... I would love to give you a big hug.

        1. GrannyMay 02/03/2015

          Sheila, virtual hugs to you! My good friend and gardening buddy, Catherine, and I went to the show last year and enjoyed every minute of it. We had tentative plans to go this year, but her hip replacement operation was suddenly scheduled for the end of this month. I'm sure we'll be there next year. Have a wonderful time! The meeting of GPODers may become an annual Seattle tradition. I'd vote for that.

          1. sheila_schultz 02/03/2015

            It will be wonderful May. I'll think of you with each and every hug. Give Catherine warm snuggles from me... getting old will not stop us when we are surrounded by such wonderful friends!

          2. perenniallycrazy 02/03/2015

            See you next week!

          3. sheila_schultz 02/03/2015

            Can't wait Cherry!!!

          4. perenniallycrazy 02/03/2015

            Good luck with your surgery Granny CC.

  9. terieLR 02/02/2015

    There is just something about glass in the gardens. I adore the magic that it brings and thank you for including us in your visit Linda. Great photos.

    1. Meelianthus 02/04/2015

      You are welcome Terie and yes it is a very magical place and especially beautiful on a cold, sunny winter day.
      I loved your article and wonderful pics in FG. Beautiful job on so many levels !

  10. perenniallycrazy 02/03/2015

    Thoroughly enjoyed my visit last year. My family even let me stay till after sunset to enjoy the garden lit. I hope to return in the Spring to see their plantings then. For those of who interested in their plantings, here is the link:

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      meander_michaele 02/03/2015

      Cherry, your photo captures of those various electric orange ones are positively mesmerizing. They are so alive with such vibrant pulsating color. I feel an explosion of happy energy just looking at these pictures.

    2. GrannyMay 02/03/2015

      Thanks for these photos and the link, Cherry. Have added this to my 'must visit' list. Have a great time at the show!

  11. GrannyCC 02/03/2015

    Have fun in Seattle all you lucky people. May and I are sorry we can't join you. Thank you for all your good wishes. I hope my new hip will allow me to get back into the garden. This is a wonderful caring and creative group!

    1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/04/2015

      Catherine you will be missed,and I'm sure your surgery will be something that will definetly improve the quality of your life,and we can all meet up again next year when you can be there too.

      1. GrannyCC 02/05/2015

        Thank you I look forward to meeting everyone next year. Send lots of pictures.

    2. Meelianthus 02/04/2015

      Catherine ~ I did wish you well but now that your date is getting closer I do want to say again that I am thrilled for you that this is happening now. It is such a relief when you are finally healed and can love gardening again ! Will you eventually be having both hips done? Best of thought to you and maybe we will meet at next years event. Linda

      1. GrannyCC 02/05/2015

        Yes I will eventually have both hips done. I think a year apart. Hopefully having this one done will help. Thanks Linda for the good wishes and yes hopefully we will meet next year. have fun!!

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