On one of those English Spring days that we all dream about and can barely believe when it arrives we were lucky enough to schedule in a visit to see the Dale Chihuly glass installations at Kew Gardens in Chiswick.

Dale Chihuly at Kew

Apart from the stunning blossom, prolific colourful tulips and the incredible gardens, we were there to view the Dale Chihuly installations throughout these unique botanical gardens.

Dale Chihuly at Kew

What to Expect at Kew Gardens

There are 12 installations in total, all made of highly coloured glass. Chihuly likes the fact that all elements used are natural – fire, gravity, sand.

Dale Chihuly at Kew
“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way” Dale Chihuly

The glass sits beautifully within both these beguiling gardens and the iconic glasshouses which showcase his work so perfectly.

Dale Chihuly | Not to miss…

Within this unique open air art gallery, is the indoor exhibition of Chihuly’s art & interior glass work. There is also a brilliant video of how he creates these incredible pieces.

Dale Chihuly colour patterns at Kew Gardens

Make time for this. It really is fascinating how the glass is created using different glass for textures and organic patterns. You can also buy some of his art work if it tickles your fancy. How about this one?

Tips for parking at Kew

Parking near the main Victoria Gate entrance is virtually impossible unless you get there well before 10am when you can park on the main road for free, or after 12 when you can park in the residential roads.

Eating in Kew

Coffee or lunch is quite pricey at Kew Gardens. Instead visit Kew Village by the little train station (3 mins walk from Victoria Gate) where there are loads of charming coffee and lunch places. We ate very well at the Tap on the Green pub, which actually sits on one side of the train station!

Exhibition runs until 27th October. Book tickets HERE

Chihuly at Kew book – buy HERE