Chihuly Garden & Glass

Seattle, WA



Parks/Recreation/Open Space


Landscape Architecture


Art garden experience

Largest planting of handkerchief trees in Seattle

This garden was designed to be a rich, immersive experience that provides a setting for Chihuly's renowned glass art.

Three years in design and construction and a dialog with Chihuly Studios meant that the garden and art were conceived to excite visitors to the exhibition. The north of the garden nearest the monorail features art in red, yellow, black and magenta with plants like crimson camellias, scarlet daylilies and hardy fuschias. On the east side of the glass house the focal point is the reclaimed old-growth Western Cedar logs and lavender reeds surrounded with the purple leaved Aster Prince and an assortment of ferns that create a primordial effect. On the south end of the garden the largest planting of handkerchief trees in Seattle will mature to form a canopy that will be beautiful with time. The art is predominantly in blues and purple with Sea Hollies and ground covers in the same colors. A grove of dogwoods and stewartia provides flowers in spring and summer and give form to the garden. The sun sits atop a six foot mound planted with 4,500 black mondo grass for a stunning sight against the south end of the glass house.

Artwork © Copyright, Chihuly Studio,2012, all rights reserved

 Photography: Ben Benschneider