Good evening lovelies!
It’s hard to believe I’m smack dab in the middle of my fifth summer in Las Vegas.
One thing I miss about living in the Midwest is watching the seasons change. I took for granted all those years in Indiana being able to witness the leaves transition to their fall wardrobe. I have yet to miss the snow and defrosting my car every morning in the winter, but Las Vegas’ seemingly perpetual summer often leaves me wanting.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is a real treat for nature lovers like me. The 14,000-square-foot Botanical Garden transforms four times a year to feature Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter installments. The Conservatory team replants and reuses much of the living plant material with each display change as a commitment to sustainability.
I took a break from triple-digit temps to check out the Summer Display, open now through August 28th. Designed by Ed Libby, the display is called “Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness” and does a wonderful job at showcasing nature’s beauty. The garden beds of the Summer Display are designed to show the elements needed to sustain life: earth, wind, water, and fire.
MGM Resorts shared a few fun details about the Summer Display:
- There are 27,504 flowers and plants on display throughout the exhibit.
- It took 75 team members to assemble the display.
- The display recirculates 9,000 gallons of water.
- The display uses 1,569 plants from local nurseries.
- The succulent wall displays 845 succulents.
- There are 162 tillandsia air plants living on vertical surfaces.
- The 30-foot treehouse has 39 hanging lanterns.
- Gaia, the Goddess of Earth, is 22 feet tall.
- The perimeter of the garden holds 20 repurposed live trees, some being five years old.
- There are 5 tree frogs and 1 baby crocodile in the Summer Display.
Once you enter the Bellagio from the front entrance and walk across the lobby, you’ll find an opening with a glass ceiling 50 feet in the air.
The sculpted green metal beams of the Conservatory are made of oxidized copper and called verdigris, adorned with flowers and foliage.
The Summer Display is exploding with fresh flowers, colorful greenery, and seven captivating animal sculptures.
In the North Bed, you’ll find the designer’s tribute to the element of fire. A beautiful Phoenix serves as the focal point, rising from its ashes to tell the story of humanity triumphing over adversity. A jaguar watches in the distance, joined by pitcher plants, 3D-printed lady slipper orchids, and begonia leaves.
The element of water makes a splash in the South Bed. Streaming waterfalls and flowing fountains dance amongst the flowers into a Koi fishpond. Two colorfully adorned tree frogs sit atop two rocks as a turtle topiary makes an appearance at the bed’s corner.
In the East Bed, you’ll find an inviting, “glamping” experience atop a two-story treehouse. Representing the element of air, guests can walk under this structure along a wooden pathway. The arches are especially impressive, intricately adorned with botanicals, tree frogs, and butterfly displays.
And now for my favorite part of the display: Gaia. The West Bed is home to a representation of the earth. Gaia, the Goddess of Earth, is clothed in vines and crowned with flowers, resting in her divinity as waterfalls cascade behind her. You’ll notice blue Hyacinth macaws and passion-flower blossoms, and a 10-foot Scarlet Ibis.
Surrounding the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are pathways that lead to a gourmet seafood restaurant called MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, a garden-themed gift shop called Giardini Garden Store, Spa & Salon Bellagio, and Via Fiore (means “flower way”), the promenade that leads to the Spa Tower.
I love seeing how the horticultural team transforms the space season after season. Sometimes it feels like The Las Vegas Strip is one big cloud of smoke, but The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is literally a breath of fresh air. I’m already excited about the Harvest Display.
“Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness” is open and on display through August 28th. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is free to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Bellagio is one of the most impressive hotels that I’ve visited on The Las Vegas Strip. I encourage you to stop by the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden if you’re in the area, and bathe your senses in natural beauty!
Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. Follow Candace’s content on holistic beauty, mental wellness, herbs and essential oils, non-toxic products, healthy libations, wellness travel, and self-reflection. Green is her happy color.
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