Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colours of spring, summer, fall and winter—along with a special display for Chinese New Year. When the season’s turn and the displays rotate, 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled, to further celebrate their commitment to the earth.
The Center bed is the main attraction for this Holiday Season. This year’s holiday tree is a White Fur from Mt. Shasta Forest and stands at a grand 42’ in height and 18’ in diameter. It weighs approximately 9500 lbs. Below is the flower bed flowing above the beautiful poinsettias is our newest addition to Bellagio conservatory gardens. The “Ice Princess” and she stands 18’ high x 14’ diameter. Her dress is adorned with approximately 1800 stems of timeless white hydrangea and 600 stems of Phalaenopsis orchids. This garden is filled with winter fun! Featuring our polar bear mother, made out of 12,000 carnations, and her two cub twins!
Guarded by four 14-foot toy soldiers, guests will enter the Conservatory through a walk-through train station, the perfect setting to share a special holiday moment and capture memories. Draped in white garland and surrounded by lit trees and vibrant Poinsettias, the entrance serves as a glimpse of what’s to come.
Across the lobby from the front desk is an opening through which a glass ceiling rises up 50 feet. This is the beautiful Conservatory. The ceiling framework and beams are the sculpted green metal of oxidized copper, called verdigris, set in floral patterns.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ pathways lead to Café Bellagio; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, a wonderful gourmet seafood restaurant; the Chihuly Gallery, the first shop featuring the work of Seattle artist Dale Chihuly; Giardini Garden Store, a shop displaying garden-oriented gifts, fountains and decorative items for the home; Spa & Salon Bellagio; Jean Philippe Patisserie, the first truly European-style pastry shop in Las Vegas; and Via Fiore (“flower way”), the promenade which leads to the Spa Tower.
A horticulture staff of 120 maintains the Botanical Gardens and the entire grounds of Bellagio. The staff has the ability to achieve seasonal designs by selecting flowers that complement the trees, gazebos, bridges and ponds, and can add or remove water features to enhance the seasonal effect.
The Conservatory season starts with Chinese New Year and features traditional designs of the celebration. Spring brings cherry blossoms, while the summer offers flora equally as fragrant. Orange and yellow, brown and gold are used to match the fall foliage. Following Thanksgiving weekend, the gardens are transformed for the Christmas season. Bellagio’s holiday display is one of extraordinary beauty. The wonderful fragrances and magnificent colours of the seasons take over the entire arrival experience. This ever-changing natural display is the single most significant component of Bellagio’s design, fulfilling the promise of creating the most extraordinary hotel in the world.