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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Aah... Enchanted Garden In Sin City

This unexpected garden was the highlight of my stay in Las Vegas.
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The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens spring display was not only vividly colorful, but also greeted us with a magic sweet aroma.
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Fortune-hunters and family travelers, old and young, were all walking in awe among the giant creatures and masses of spring blooms.
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From floor to ceiling, there was so much to see!
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A ladybug, butterflies, ants, a snail...
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The enchanted garden has five giant mushrooms. They range from 5 to 15 feet tall.
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Blue and red. Who can beat that?
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Aah, watering cans!
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The bronze ants are 6 and 10-feet long:
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Hyacinths, tulips, poppies, daisies, mums, daffodils...
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Roses and moss decorated this giant snail:
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I couldn't miss the mosaic floors and walls:
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Foxgloves, my favorite foxgloves... They looked so classy with that columnar background!
(There are more shots of them in the previous post Are You Afraid Of Heights? )
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Am I in Fairyland?
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What are these green flowers decorating Miss Frog?
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Thank you, Susan Cochran, for your bronze ants!
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15-foot tall flower pot overflows with rainbow blooms. A beautiful spring butterfly rests on the top of the flower pot:
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Bumblebees are made of preserved sunflowers:
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In the evening, the giant sculptures were illuminated and looked even more magical.
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The Bellagio Casino central hall deserves a separate post, just look at its ceiling! Who is the creator? Of course, our Washington state-born Dale Chihuly! Bravo, Maestro!
The following is Dale Chihuly's statement:
"Steve Wynn started talking to me about the ceiling at the Bellagio long before construction even began. He wanted me to make a “spectacular” piece in the lobby of the hotel that would rival the aquarium at the Mirage, and generate more interest. Back in Seattle, we built the entire seventy-by-thirty-foot ceiling, full-scale, at my studio. The commission, as contracted, called for a whole new armature type and about a thousand new “flowers.” Steve visited several times, loved it, and wanted even more glass. Finally FIORI DI COMO was installed with over two thousand handblown glass elements."
(http://www.chihuly.com/installations/bellagio/statement.html)
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There also were 10 potted olive trees, each more than 100 years old. They were sculpted into oversized bonsai presentations.
The enchanting spring display at the Bellagio Conservatory made me want to see its other seasonal displays: Holiday, Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer and Fall.
To change a display, it takes a total of 100 people working 24 hours a day for a week.
Five cranes, which can move trees up to 5 tons, are located under the landscape. A series of tunnels underneath are built to help in changeouts.
The landscape is put together on a platform system and then assembled like a puzzle.
The display flowers are replaced every two weeks!
Theatrical lighting, sounds and water features enhance the conservatory.
A 40,000-square-foot, off-site warehouse hosts about 10,000 plants and flowers.
Each show includes approximately 40 trees, 1,500 shrubs and 10,000 blooming plants.
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Credits: Aleza Freeman at http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/bellagioconservatory.html

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Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

43 comments:

  1. OMG! How magical and beautiful. Chihuly's ceiling is beautiful isn't it. I adore the giant flowerpot with the flowers pouring out. The water cans and insects, it is all just lovely. What a fantastic place to visit.

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  2. Dear Tatyana, It is indeed amazing and incredible and certainly like nothing I have ever seen in my life. The organisation to achieve all of this, and constantly changing and renewing, must be a remarkable case of logistics.

    Looking at all of your pictures made me feel more and more like Alice in Wonderland.

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  3. Enchanting indeed! Such a beautiful rainbow of colors! Love those giant watering cans!

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  4. How jaw-dropping gorgeous! When we visited in January, the display was all set up for Chinese New Year. Thank you for sharing this amazing display :-)

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  5. Oh my, what a stunning surprise in Vegas! Great pictures of what looks like an over the top place. I must have a bronze ant...

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  6. aloha,

    i've stayed at the bellagio and they really outdo everything including their seasonal displays like this one....it is really over the top and jaw dropping....i mean snails and frogs made with fresh flowers and all natural parts - there is no expense in this type of originality and i commend their efforts..

    thank you for sharing this visit...i really love this hotel and your capturing this season's presentation!

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  7. Just beautiful. It makes me want to go back some day. I love the ladybug the best. And the ceiling-I remember being blown away by the beauty of it when I first saw it in person. Thanks for taking me there in your pictures. Carla

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  8. aloha,

    i think the green flowers are the chartreuse chrysanthemums...my guess

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  9. Very Beautiful Tatyana! Thanks so much for the tour, the flowers are all so gorgeously (sp?) put together and flow so nicely. I really like the succulent picture - it looks like a mosiac. All of this must have taken so much time to put together. Lucky you for being able to see it.

    Kathy

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  10. Wow. Not exactly subtle but really something.

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  11. I saw that ceiling the last time I was in Vegas; so very beautiful. But the gardens looked nothing like this! As Kim says, "It's amazing what you can do with other people's money!" ha ha ha!

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  12. Thank you 10 times over for these wonderful garden/display photos, and if I visit Las Vegas I will stop in to drink in this beauty. I have long admired Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. It sounds like the floral displays change with the seasons.

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  13. Thanks for posting these photos, I didn't realize the display changed so often. These are totally different now from when I visited.

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  14. Wow!
    What a beautiful collection of spring flowers. I never thought a casino can look so beautiful, much more beautiful than a garden!

    Guess - they have the money to do all this (lol)

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  15. I am in flower heaven, Tatyana ... wow! Love it.

    Have a great week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  16. Who could have ever imagined so many spectacular blooming plants...in the middle of a desert!? How beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Sooo pretty, and I was so excited to see Dale Chihuly glass! Did you see my blog when I posted the ones he did in the Mayo Clinic? Just gorgeous!

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  18. Wow, that is so creative. I love the mushrooms.

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  19. That's some display. I especially like the flower pot on it's side with the flowers tumbling out.

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  20. The Bellagio is famous for it's seasonal displays. When I visited Vegas in November 2000, they had the most wonderful harvest display with a giant cornucopia.
    But I have to say I prefer the spring display you posted.
    Love the hanging watering cans and bees. The other insects creep me out a bit though. The mushrooms are amazing!

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  21. Oh, this is simply gorgeous, Tatyana! I would definitely spend my time in this area instead of at a gaming table:) I recognized one Chihuly piece immediately, because I saw his exhibit in Phoenix' Botanic Garden last year. But I didn't realize he was from Washington--you have every right to brag about your "native son." His work is amazing!

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  22. I've never wanted to go to LV, but you might have changed my mind. What a treat to the senses the enchanted garden is...The sedum ant hill is marvelous. Thank you for the tour...I know you had a great time! gail

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  23. Oh wow, my fave thing, Creativity gone over the top! Love it! Obviously some artistic person with lots of help is being allowed to indulge in the fantastic. And then to top it off, a ceiling, a whole ceiling of Chihuly.. oh my... my neck would be in a crick trying to take them all in, I'd have to lie down on the floor!

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  24. My goodness, looks like a dream. Beautiful pictures.

    Annelie

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  25. Checked out more of your blog, and I have to say - that's it, missy. I'm adding you to my blog roll.

    Annelie - again!

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  26. Oh, My! These are gorgeous display! Especially love that succulent garden area! Thanks for sharing. Wonder how do they keep all these flowers in their best look for a long period of time...?

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  27. Wow! I should have expected no less from the Bellagio. I loved that place the one and only time I ever visited Vegas. :) Couln't agree with you more about the lovely juxtaposition of the elegant spires of foxglove and the rounded white columns. The giant irridescent shrooms are my favorites, definitely.

    I suspect the flowers on the frog are button mums. But I could be wrong. ;)

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  28. Stunning photos! Wow!

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  29. The Bellagio is pretty cool. :D We have some friends that lived in Vegas. Neat stuff!! :D

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  30. So pretty! I love the insects and watering cans and everything. That would be like Disneyland for me :) When we were there years ago it was very pretty in there, but not quite that whimsical. Love it.

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  31. Tatyana, all that eye candy makes my head spin. It is stunning to say the least.

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  32. I felt like Alice in Wonderland! This fanciful garden appeals to the child in me, and I love it! The Chihuly ceiling is spectacular!

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  33. Wow! I do think Americans overdo things sometimes, and this is certainly another great example.

    But what fun! What an amazing display! Maybe I will go back to Las Vegas one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wow...just amazing photos. The larger than life mushrooms are my favorites.

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  35. С огромным удовольствием путешествовала вместе с тобой по Лас-Вегасу. Спасибо.

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  36. Tatyana, that's just so beautiful! Gorgeous pictures / gittan

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  37. Oh, I LOVE the whimsy of this! Might not be practical for most of our gardens, but such fun garden art and bright, happy-making colours.

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  38. Hi Tatyana~~ I can barely comprehend the extravagance, despite your beautiful photos and engaging prose. I'm in awe. What a fun trip it must have been for your entire family. Thank you for "taking us along."

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  39. Vegas is not exactly my kind of destination, but this place could change my mind! We have a lot of Chihuly art in our Franklin Park Conservatory, have you seen my recent posts on it? So colorful!

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  40. My! Did you enter a rabbit's burrow and slip into wonderland? Thank you so much for the tour around the wonderful place! Love every photo in the post! I'm glad I discovered your blog.

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  41. I want the giant ants. Maybe they would scare away the deer.

    Absolutely marvelous displays. My grand kids would have loved the wild things in the gardens.

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  42. Absolutely stunning...seriously it makes me want to go to Vega just to see this! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, awesome! Kim

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