Love it or hate it, the glass art of Dale Chihuly is back on display throughout the Desert Botanical Garden. I happen to love the work of Chihuly, but for some birders and nature lovers it's an annoyance and inconvenience.
If you are a Monday Morning Bird-walker, most likely you will not need to make a reservation to get into the Garden because its highly unlikely that the parking lot will fill up at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday. At all other times and days of the week, especially weekends and holidays, you had better make your reservations.
The Chihuly exhibit opens officially this Sunday Nov. 10th. Reservations are for 4 hour increments - 8:00 am to noon, noon to 4:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. So you will need to plan ahead.
|Verdin were everywhere this morning and could be heard throughout the Garden.|
you may purchase extra tickets for that date and time at a discounted price:
adult tickets: $17.60
child tickets: $8.00
(ages 3-12; under 3 admitted free)
senior tickets: $16.00
student tickets: $9.60
If you would like a sneak peak at the Chihuly exhibit, early this week is the time to go, no reservations needed and no crowds. Most of the exhibits are completed or nearing completion, and as of today, the Plants and People Trail is open, as is the Wildflower Trail, and the Herb Garden.
But be forewarned - due to a special event, the Garden will be closing at 12 noon on Friday, November 8th, with last admissions at 11 a.m.. and on Saturday, November 9th, the Garden is open to Garden Fund and Patrons Circle Members Only with reservations.
So, whether this Towhee is jumping for joy that Chihuly is here, or making a quick exit, we'll never know. But there are still plenty of birds that are sticking around, despite all the hub-bub.
To make reservations online CLICK HERE.
Photos by Peggy Thomas