It has been called, “a kaleidoscope for your senses.” If you haven’t visited the conservatory and botanical gardens at the Bellagio Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, the Christmas holiday season is a pleasing time to see their outstanding flower displays. The garden exhibit changes with each season and every year the arrangement and theme is different than the year before.
The Bellagio Conservatory is a world away from the activity of the casino and busy strip. During daylight hours, sunlight floods the three-story, glass-domed atrium filled with colorful plants and flowers. Trees and shooting water fountains add to the featured exhibit and amateur photographers are always welcomed by the gracious staff. We have many More Bellagio, Las Vegas Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.
Christmas displays at the Bellagio typically feature several large polar bears made from fresh white flowers and hundreds of poinsettias of varying size and color set off the look of festive celebration. Following the Christmas exhibit will be the display for Chinese New Year. Many Chinese believe the color red is lucky so expect to see plenty of red in the fresh floral displays and in other items such as the tall red pagoda and rich red silk lanterns hung from the ceiling.
In time for Chinese New Year this past February, a once doomed 110-foot-tall banyan tree found its home at the Bellagio Conservatory. The one time 200,000-pound banyan tree, more than a century old became the focal point when the Bellagio saved it from being destroyed in Palm Beach, Florida due to a fungus disease. Before being installed at the Bellagio, the tree had to be treated, dried out and the wood preserved, then rebuilt, using about 80% of the original tree.
The portion that was installed in the conservatory is said to weight about 180,000 pounds. A garden of sorts has been artfully planted in nooks and crannies of the tree and as you walk along the path that takes you through the tree you see multihued orchids and other tropical plants. To date there are no plans announced to keep the tree after this year. So if you want to see it, plan to visit soon.
The display set-up for the summer 2006 was patriotic, featuring America from coast to coast and large American flags hung from the ceiling. Large scale model railroad trains were set up throughout the conservatory, inter mingled with the landscapes representing America the beautiful. The miniature United States featured a number of bridges at varying heights. The displays included miniatures of Mount Rushmore, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse of North Carolina, the Grand Canyon and the U. S. Capitol. Each building was handmade of natural plant materials, such as bark and seed pods.
If You Visit
The Bellagio Hotel/Casino is located on the center Las Vegas Strip. If you enter from the first floor self-parking garage in front, the conservatory and botanical gardens, one of our city’s most attractive holiday attractions, is on your left and open 24-hours. This home-town treasure is a true oasis in the desert, when visiting take plenty of time to appreciate the elaborate attention to detail blooming before your very eyes. We have many More Bellagio, Las Vegas Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.